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John Ross Rightmer

Posted By Ricky Alderete On April 16, 2018 @ 12:35 pm In Obituary | 21 Comments

John Ross Rightmer
July 29, 1961 – April 16, 2018

John Ross Rightmer passed away suddenly at the age of 56 on April 16, 2018. Family will receive guests from 6 to 8pm on Friday, April 20, 2018 and Life Tribute Service will be at 2pm, Satruday, April 21, 2018 both at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station, 3001 South College Ave, Bryan. Interment will follow in Bryan City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station.

John was born on July 29, 1961, in Gonzales, Texas, to Martin and Nell Rightmer. He graduated from Luling High School in 1979 and worked at a number of occupations including paper boy, grocery sacker, yard man, janitor, painter, oil field worker, mechanic, chicken farmer, gold miner, and coal miner just to name a few. He worked in the coal-mining business for the past 30 years but often had a side business going at the same time. He enjoyed learning how to do new things all the time and his latest hobby was making leather goods. He made belts, wallets, and knife scabbards for all his friends and family in his spare time.

John cherished his family especially his sons Ross and David. They are left with many treasured memories of time spent with their Dad hunting, fishing, boating, water-skiing, making a haunted house every Halloween for the neighborhood kids, and building a dirt bicycle track through the woods surrounding the neighborhood. He taught his kids and their friends how to fix their bikes and then how to fix their pick-ups when they were older. John’s house was a place to take anything that needed fixing. He could do anything and fix anything and would teach others how to do it. John was what most people would call “a character.” John loved being a jokester and a prankster, and never failed to get all those around him laughing. His laughter and love for life was infectious and it was impossible to be in a bad mood in his presence. He was the life of the party and the center of attention wherever he went. John’s loss will leave a huge void for all those that he leaves behind.

He is survived by his sons, Ross and David Rightmer, and their mother Lezlie Rightmer all of Bryan; his mother, Nell Rightmer of Luling; three sisters, Margaret Stach and husband Darryl of Parks, LA, Martha Mosier and husband Robert of College Station, and Mary Nell Knox and husband Kirby of Harwood. He also leaves behind his love of the last several years Leah Holland, his life-long best friend Jack Vick, Jr., numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

His father Martin Ross Rightmer preceded him in death.

Honoring John’s life are family and friends serving as Pallbearers Ross Rightmer, David Rightmer, Jack Vick, Jr., Robert Mosier, Sr., Richard Sanders, Lyle Yarborough, David Newcomb, Colton Campbell, Rider Burlin, and Chandler Macek.

John’s heart was truly about caring for others, his family asked that memorial contributions in his memory be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803

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Condolence from The Phelps Family on April 17th, 2018 9:57 am

Ross and David,

I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. Our door is always open for you both, we love you both. I pray that you will find peace and acceptance in time. Prayers and hugs to you both.

Condolence from karen g. mccrary on April 17th, 2018 10:41 am

Nell – may God be with you and your family through this loss in your lives

Condolence from Barry Shipman on April 17th, 2018 1:03 pm

John was a great leader at work and was someone that we could depend on to get the work done and ensure no one got hurt in the process. He had a great sense of humor and people truly enjoyed working with and for him. He will be dearly missed by his friends and co-workers at Luminant Kosse Mine.

Condolence from Eric (Big E) Goodson on April 17th, 2018 1:44 pm

I worked with and for John. To Johns family my heartfelt condolences and prayers. He will be missed by all who knew him and worked with him

Condolence from Arthur, Bridget, Brian and Bryce Johnson on April 17th, 2018 6:36 pm

Ross and David; family of John, our family is aching for you because of this incredible loss. John was a good man and a wonderful father. I hope that you are forever influenced by his wisdom, humor and good nature. It was so fortunate for us all to have had him in our lives. When you’re feeling down, always think about something hilarious he would have said or done. I think that is what he would want you to do. We love you, boys.

Condolence from Bryan MacNabb on April 17th, 2018 8:15 pm

Worked with John at Jewett Mine for many years. Rest in peace my friend. Prayers for him and his family.

Condolence from Dianne Woods on April 17th, 2018 8:36 pm

My husband Jim and I thought the world of John. Jim passed July 31 and I can almost hear the two of them getting reaquainted. John was so proud of his sons. I wish for them is to find peace. John will be missed.

Condolence from Mike Fiscus on April 17th, 2018 9:01 pm

Never know what to say, “smiling john”, always a positive happy attitude. My sincere regards to his family during this time of loss, heaven’s gain.

Condolence from Chad McPherson on April 17th, 2018 10:17 pm

John was great to work around always upbeat and positive attitude. I’m very sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Kristen Royder on April 18th, 2018 8:21 am

He will missed! Great guy!!!! My prayers go out to family! Thanks for teaching me how to drive a standard!!! Well…. sorta!!!! My husband and kids will miss you too!

Condolence from John Taylor on April 18th, 2018 8:23 am

I am very sorry for your loss. I had the privilege to work with John for 13 years at Northwestern (Westmoreland). He definitely had a great sense of humor, and always kept everyone laughing.
Praying for your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Lena Stephen on April 18th, 2018 10:21 am

Martha, such sad and unexpected news at the loss of your brother John. Please know that we all hold you in prayer and thoughts through this most difficult time.

Your HBV family La Grange.

Condolence from Trish Wilder on April 19th, 2018 10:58 am

My sincerest sympathies are offered to your family at this time. May God’s love surround you.

Condolence from Zorah Ann and Bahram Arabpour on April 19th, 2018 9:31 pm

My dear Nell & family I am so sorry and sad for the loss of John. Everyone loved him so much. I am so happy I got to visit with him at Marin’s funeral. I will always remember that day. I know he was an awesome son. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your loving family. He is now singing with the angels. I love you! Ann, Bahram and family.

Condolence from John Favors on April 20th, 2018 2:32 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. I had the pleasure of working with him for many years. He was a great friend and will be deeply missed.

Condolence from Felix Cortinas on April 20th, 2018 3:01 pm

My condolences to the family. John was a long time friend and we had great times years ago in Luling as he was a frequent guest at the “Animal House”….a very funny and crazy person, always made you laugh. We reconnected in Bryan last summer and we had made plans to hunt and fish this year when I was in Bryan, we didn’t get to share those times but I will miss John. I just discovered that he was getting ready to make me a sheath for a valued hunting knife.

Condolence from David and Susan Levesque on April 20th, 2018 7:59 pm

We are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with John’s family and the Rightmer family. We may not have seen each other in many years, but the Rightmer family is special to the Levesque’s and Hajovsky’s. God bless you all.

Condolence from Michelle Richardson on April 20th, 2018 9:25 pm

My heart aches and even though our paths crossed infrequently John had such a positive impact. I will cherish the memories. My prayers go out to the boys, his sisters, his mom and all those that loved him.

Condolence from Burnett wallace on April 20th, 2018 10:35 pm

Knew John from Northwestern Resources. He was a good guy and will be missed.

Condolence from Make Hill on April 21st, 2018 8:05 am

It was an honor to know John, a great man to work with at Westmoreland Coal in Jewett. He could fix anything and always had everybody laughing, no matter what. He made the world a better place and was respected by everyone who knew him. I’ve received several phones calls from our old co-workers reminiscing about John’s antics and good natured can-do attitude. He has left a legacy for his beloved sons. family and friends. Respect and prayers. Mark Hill ( aka Hillbilly). Rest in peace my friend.

Condolence from The Majors Family on April 23rd, 2018 1:02 pm

Dear Ross and David, we were so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of your dad. Although Chuck and I never had the pleasure to meet him, we heard the stories from JC and so many in your circle of friends about his hard work, humor and antics. It sounds as though you will have many wonderful memories to pull from in the hard times that will be ahead. We are sending you prayers for peace and comfort for all your family and know that he will live on in your hearts and the lives you live. In His Matchless Grace, JoAn, Chuck and JC Majors

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