Muriel N. "Jim" Carriger, 80, of Jackson Mo., formerly of Alton Mo., and St. Jacob, Ill., passed away Dec. 29, 2015, in Cape Girardeau Mo.
Jim was born Sept. 9, 1935, in Alsey Ill., to Leon and Lillian, nee McGuire, Carriger. On June 24, 1961 he married Wanda Sue Combs in Alton Mo., who survives in Jackson, Mo.
Jim attended school in Alsey Ill. In 1952 he joined the United States Army and served a three year term as a paratrooper. He retired from Dial Corporation in 1997 after 33 years of dedicated service. After retirement he enjoyed fishing and hunting mushrooms. He enjoyed spending time at the Alton Senior Citizens Center shooting pool and playing the card game "pitch". He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren's sporting events and was quick to pay $5 for straight A's and home runs.
Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alsey Ill., Free Will Baptist Church in Alton Mo., and Wesley United Methodist in Fruitland Mo. He was a founding member of the Triad High School booster club. He was a former member of the St. Jacob Lions club and a volunteer baseball coach for the St. Jacob Khoury League for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, W.B. and Dollie Combs; stepmother, Eva Carriger; and a brother, Lawrence "Richard" Carriger and his wife, Jackie.
Along with his wife of 54 years he is survived by his daughter, Sudena (Jim) Lambert of Jackson Mo.; son, Bill (Kris) Carriger of Highland Ill.; a brother, Earl "Keith" Carriger of Quincy Ill.; and sister-in-law, Alice Carriger of Rantoul, Ill. He is also survived by grandchildren, Shelby (William Downey) Lambert, Tanner Lambert, Mitch Carriger, and Trent Carriger; great-grandsons, Brayden and Seth Downey; as well as a niece and a nephew.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Clary's Funeral Home, Alton, Mo.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 2, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Cave Springs Cemetery.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 1, 2016