From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
ELMER LIGHTY SEPTEMBER 28, 1944
Elmer R. Lighty, 77, died at the state hospital in Manteno, Monday (Sept.25) following an illness of about five years. The last four mkonths his condition had grown steadily worse and a few weeks ago his mental condition became such that it was deemed best to take hom to the state hospital for care and treatment. The body was brought to the Roach Funeral home where it remained until the hour of funeral service today. Brief services were held at 1:30 this afternoon at the funeral home, followed by services in the First Baptist church, conducted by Rev. Geo. Woodley. Burial will be in the Chatsworth cemetery. Elmer Lighty was a son of John and Nancy Lighty and was born in Chatsworth, June 18, 1867, and spent practically his entire life here. For a number of years he was employed as engineer at the Chatsworth electric light plant, when it was privately owned. Following the sale of the plant to the C.I.P.S., Mr. Lighty served the company as an engineer in the generating plant at Paxton. Later he was employed as stationery engineer at the Chatsworth tile factory until illness cause him to relinquish those duties. He was married in 1892 to Miss Sarah Prater, a Chatsworth girl. They established their home here and for many years have resided in their residence property in the north part of town. Besides the widow, six children survive. They are Herschel, of Rockwell City, Iowa; Mrs. Minnie Serene, of Kankakee; Mrs. Leatha Serene, of Charlotte, Michigan; Albert, of Bemidji, Minnesota, Pvt. Dwaine Lighty, now stationed at Bridge Camp, Norfolk, Va., and Mrs. Ruth Perry, Chatsworth.