Richard Rigby

Rigby, Richard "Dick"
Dick passed away Jan 9, 2014 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Dick married Mary Jane Bennett in 1956 and moved to Tucson to attend the U of A. After graduation he worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service in various parts of the country, eventually settling in New Mexico and Arizona, where he was a Wildlife Refuge Manager and Federal Game Warden. He was responsible for establishing game refuges and wilderness areas, most notably the Great Swamp Refuge in NJ and the Bosque Del Apache Wilderness Area in NM. After retirement in 1981, Dick worked as a salesman and became an avid restorer of Model A Ford's. He belonged to several antique car clubs, including the Phoenix Model A Club, the Horseless Carriage Club, and the Veteran Motor Car Club of America, of which he was the National President. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, 5 children, William, Richard Jr, Allison, Brian and Katherine, 11 grandchildren, and a long list of close friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2014 from 5 to 9 pm at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, AZ. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dick's name to the at www.alz.org.

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Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 W Thunderbird Rd Peoria, AZ 85381
623-974-3671

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 12, 2014