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Distinguished Resident Leo Lightner

Leo Lightner

Gardens at Westlake Assisted Living

Westlake, Ohio

Leo Lightner’s life is dotted with accolades. Paratrooper. War hero. Scholar. Father. Record-holding marathoner. And now author.

The native of Cleveland, Ohio, served his country as a paratrooper during the Korean War. After leaving the military, he went on to earn his master’s degree in statistics from Case Western Reserve University and spent time traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada teaching mathematicians new ways to calculate problems.

While highly regarded in the math field, his claim to fame came later in life as he became an avid runner in his 70s and 80s. Leo holds records for marathon running in his 80s as well as records in the 80–84 age category for 50-mile runs, 100-kilometer runs, 12-hour runs, and 24-hour runs. 

At age 90, he doesn’t run anymore, but he continues to stay fit and active with a personal trainer.  He attends a number of exercise groups at the Gardens at Westlake.  

Today, the husband to wife, Charlotte, for 30 years and father of two, adds author to his long list of accomplishments having recently finished penning his memoirs.