Grant K. Bright, 77, Chief Master Sergeant/Ret’d, husband of the former Mona Bruso of Menominee, Mich., passed away at home in Albuquerque, N.M. with his family by his side on Aug. 21, 2020. Grant had been ill with kidney disease as well as dementia. Born June 1, 1943, he was the son of Chester and Lou Ella Bright of Crystal City, Texas.
After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He quickly found his niche in aircraft maintenance where he began working on B-52 bombers and KC-135 tankers at K.I. Sawyer AFB near Marquette, Mich. While there, a blind date led him to the love of his life. He and Mona married in October 1966 and moved to Altus, Okla., where he was now stationed. By this time he’d already reenlisted, having been promoted to Staff sergeant. Grant continued his career, remaining in Strategic Air Command for almost 20 years. He served overseas twice during the Vietnam war. When he was being promoted to Technical Sergeant (E-6), due to the Air Force recognizing his superior abilities in knowledge, leadership and maturity, they offered him a commission to become an officer. After much thought, he declined the offer, preferring to remain hands-on with his troops, maintaining the aircraft. He continued to be promoted,now wearing the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) at 19 years and eight months in the service. He loved what he was doing, so he chose to remain in the Air Force for almost another ten years, retiring in August of 1990. He then went on to work several places related to military issues and was eventually hired by Honeywell to write proposals and do logistics in their Avionics defense systems here in Albuquerque, N.M. He remained with them for 12 years.
After retirement, he began to restore old British MG’s. Along with his close friend Jeff Miller, they bought and restored/rebuilt pop-up camper trailers. The stories they told about this fun hobby were endless and entertaining. Grant then went on to helping his elderly aunt and uncle, who owned a cotton farm in Post, Texas. With the help of a close family friend, Danny Gonzales, Grant became a cotton farmer. The farm was eventually sold to Danny and his wife, Susan. They are truly an outstanding family. Grant purchased his first home in Albuquerque with his wife, Mona, in 1985. Together, they completely landscaped the yard, making it a wonderful outdoor space. A deck and patio were added, offering spectacular views of the city, endless sky, and amazing sunsets. Grant’s life came to an end, a sunset, in a peaceful parting in this house. Who knew a blind date would turn into such an adventure? He is loved and missed. Grant will be missed by many who knew and loved him including his special friend, Mel Tipler of Marinette, Wis., and Joe and the rest of the boys he got to know there while visiting.
Grant is survived by Mona Bruso Bright; his daughter, Anita Bright (Khaled Bassim); and his son, Douglas Bright (David Schalk).
Services will be held this Saturday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m., at Holy Redeemer Church and Birch Creek Cemetery, north of Menominee. If you wish to attend, face masks and social distancing are required and appreciated.