Jun 17, 2012 - StaffFormer Lander resident Terry Lynn Bright, 71, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at his home in Thermopolis.
A memorial picnic will be Saturday, June 23, at Hot Spring State Park.
Terry Lynn Bright was born April 13, 1941, in Thermopolis, the son of Cecil and Hazel (Sparks) Bright. He attended Lafayette High School where he lettered in football, wrestling and took fourth place in the 1959 state wrestling tournament.
Following high school, he joined the U.S. Army in 1959. Assigned to "America's Division" of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, he served in Germany and the Far East until March 1966.
He was a medical specialist and an MP. He received the Good Conduct medal, Parachutist medal and Expert Rifleman medal.
He married Beverly Ann Kane on May 27, 1969, in Lander.
The couple lived in Lander, where Mr. Bright was employed at Rolly's Car Parts. After the death of his wife in 1976, Mr. Bright and his daughter moved to Thermopolis where he was employed at Masek's Auto Parts for a time. He was employed as a bath attendant at the Hot Springs State Bathhouse for many years.
Mr. Bright was a member of the Masons and the VFW and was active in community service. His family said his grandchildren were a priority and he enjoyed guns, hunting, and was the family historian.
Survivors include his daughter, Chandra Nettles and husband Denver of Riverton; brother Cecil Bright of Casper; half-sister Bonnie Kaiser of Broomfield, Colo.; soon-to-be daughter-in-law Krista Richardson of Riverton; grandchildren Jared and Nathan (Reed) Nettles; a great-grandson on the way; and other half-siblings.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Beverly in 1976; sister; and numerous other family members.
Memorials in Mr. Bright's name may be made to the Masons or the VFW, c/o Chandra Nettles, 1226 E. Washington, Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are by Morti-more Funeral Home (www.mortfh.com) of Thermopolis.
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