Richard Lightle

  • "Bye Dad, I love you! Nikki"
  • "We miss you Dad!"
    - Amy Bobro
Service Information
Cappadona Funeral Home
1020 E. Fillmore Street
Colorado Springs, CO

Oct. 15, 1940 - July 18, 2018
Richard Arden Lightle, age 77, passed away peacefully in his home in Colorado Springs on July 18, 2018. He was born on October 15, 1940 in Griggsville, IL to Phyllis Grimm and Ted Lightle. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1958. After serving for 3 years in the US Marine Corps, he moved to Kansas City, MO where he earned his B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He also worked at several architectural firms and some of his favorite projects included work done on the KC Chiefs new stadium and the Alameda Plaza hotel while he was employed at Linscott Haylett & Assoc.
In 1972 he married his wife Suzanne Nelson. In 1977 they followed their dream of moving to Colorado to enjoy the beautiful mountains and to indulge in their great love of camping, hiking and backpacking. They enjoyed camping together for the next 40 yrs. and always took pride that they only used a small backpacking style of tent.
Richard worked for many years for the architectural firm of John James Wallace & Assoc. Local projects he worked on included the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, renovations at the Fine Arts Center, and serving as the Project Architect for the First National Bank in downtown CS and the visitor center of the US Air Force Academy. After starting his own firm, his projects included Aspen Valley High School and helping to design the Castle Rock Police Dept. Headquarters. He also served as the president of the south chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Richard built a considerable library over the years and was particularly well read in history and literature. He could answer any question put to him about the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and European history. Richard and Suzy loved to travel and took several trips to Europe as well as traveling extensively around the US. They paticulary enjoyed touring the historical sites and homes, including many Frank Lloyd Wright homes and buildings.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Toni and brother, Rex. Richard is survived by his wife, Suzy; and three children: Richard Lincoln Lightle (Paula), Amy Bobro (Anton), and Nicole Lightle; and five grandchildren: Ashley Bobro, Cooper Bobro, Erik Lightle, Caitlyn Lightle, Miranda Sharp (Joel) and former daughter-in-law Catherine. He is also survived by his brother, Garry Lightle.
A private family gather-ing was held in Kansas City last week. For the full obituary or to leave remembrances, please visit Cappadona Funeral Homes website at:

Published in The Gazette on Aug. 5, 2018
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