ROY R BRIGHT Nov. 27, 2014 Roy Bright passed away in his home surrounded by family at age 99, two months short of his 100th birthday. Roy was born and raised in northeastern Minnesota with three brothers and a sister, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1939. Roy received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in Army Air Force as a navigator with the 5th bomb group of the 7th Air Force in January 1941 and was stationed at Hickam Field. He became one of the top navigators in the 7th Air Force and served as a navigation instructor at Hickam. During the war he participated in 50 combat missions in B-24 and B-17 aircraft, earning many commendations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Distinguished Flying Cross. Roy retired from active duty in 1947 as a Lieutenant Colonel and served in the Air Force Reserves untill 1971 with the rank of Colonel. In 1944 Roy married Dorothea Smith who was from the Big Island, and after the war they settled in Honolulu and had three sons, Robert, Bill, and John. After his active duty military service, Roy worked in the electronics business and was the owner and president of Radio Television Corp., the Hawaii Distributor for RCA products. Following the sale of this business he pursued other business and real estate interests in Hawaii and the mainland. Roy served on the Hawaii Aeronautics Commission and on the Honolulu Planning Committee, and was a longtime member of Central Union Church and the Outrigger Canoe Club, as well as a member of the Oahu Country Club in his golf playing days. He was predeceased by his parents Morris and Lena Bright, brothers, Joe and Leo, sister Mabel, his wife Dorothea who died in 1983 and son Robert who passed away in 2008. Roy is survived by his brother, Eighth Circuit Court Judge Myron Bright, son Bill Bright and daughter in-law Faith, son John Bright, and grandchildren Nicholas, Scott, Allison, and Daniel and his wife Megan. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 9:00AM on Wednesday, January 21st at the Outrigger Canoe Club, 2909 Kalakaua Ave. Casual Attire.
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