John C. Brighton, 95, of Columbus, died at 4:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 in the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient facility.
Born in Rochester, New York, on Feb. 9, 1920, he was the son of George C. and Emma Tresselt Brighton. He married Ruth E. Jones on Jan. 2,1942, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She preceded him in death on Aug. 29, 1997.
John obtained his Bachelors degree in ‘49 from the Indiana Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. John had worked for Arvin Industries in the research department for 37 years until retirement in ’86 and had submitted 17 patents for Arvin Industries before retirement. John was a former member of the Church of Reformation in Rochester, New York, and a charter member of the Bible Church of Columbus. He had served in the U. S. Army during WWll and the Army Corp. of Engineers. John had obtained the rank of Second Lieutenant and received the American Theatre Service and Victory medals. He became a licensed pilot in ’41 and flew for the Civil Air Patrol.
He was a member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge, Murat Shrine Temple, Valley of Indianapolis Scottish Rite, Bartholomew County Shrine Club and the American Association of Automotive Engineers. John enjoyed being a member of the Brown County Artist’s Colony and had performed as a soloist with the Boys Choir. He enjoyed collecting space artifacts and Lennox Carousel horses for his wife. John was a former volunteer for Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
Calling for John was from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service today at Myers-Reed Chapel, 25th St. There was a Masonic Memorial service at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the funeral home with the Rev. Jerry Day, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Garland Brook Cemetery with honors by the Bartholomew County Honor Guard.
Memorials for John may be directed to the Bible Church of Columbus. Online condolences may be directed to the family and friends at www.myers-reed.com.
John is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Lynn Brighton of Pompton Plains, New Jersey; several nieces and nephews; and his special close friends and caregivers, Jeanne and Al Ford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; and two brothers, George and Walter Brighton.