Walter V. Riggle

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Walter V. Riggle

NEWCOMERSTOWN: Walter Vernon Riggle, 85, a resident of the Riverside Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Newcomerstown for the past few years and a lifelong resident of Port Washington, passed away on Thursday morning, June 7, in the Riverside Manor care facility.

Walter was born in Salem Township, Tuscarawas County on February 23, 1927, a son of the late Harry M. Riggle, who died in 1968, and the late Elsie M. (McMillan) Riggle, who died in 1975.

He was a graduate of Port Washington High School, class of 1945. Walter then enlisted in the Navy and served a tour of duty during the conclusion of World War II. He returned to civilian life and was employed at the former Alsco Company, Gnadenhutten, for a couple of years and also at Tusco Manufacturing for a couple of years. Walter also attended technical school in New Philadelphia to become a machinist. He then began his employment at Cyclops Steel, Coshocton, where he worked as a tool and die equipment machinist for over 35 years before his retirement in March, 1991.

Walter was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Newcomerstown, where he served as a treasurer, council member, and as a member of the finance committee. He was also a lifelong farmer and served as a 4-H advisor and did volunteer work at the Tuscarawas County Fair for many years. Walter was a member of the Buckhorn Grange, Salem Township, and was a life member of the American Legion. He also belonged to the Port Washingtron Masonic Lodge # 202, where he served as Worthy Master, and the Nugen Chapter # 110 of the Royal Arch Masons, Newcomerstown. He also was a member of the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau and the Indian Valley South Band Boosters. Walter enjoyed outdoor activities and was known for his work in the field of soil and land conservation. He developed a tree farm on property in Salem Township and was a member of the East Central Ohio Forestry Association. Walter also belonged to the Tuscarawas County Soil and Water Conservation organization and was honored as conservationist of the year. He was also responsible for researching the history of the Salem Indian Village burial grounds. He also enjoyed traveling and gardening.

Walter was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Irene Bender Riggle, Port Washington, who died on February 22, 1995, and whom he married on May 20, 1951. He was also the last member of his generation of the Riggle family, as he was preceded in death by two brothers and their wives, Clarence E. and Geraldine Riggle, Sandusky, and Donald E. and Ruth Riggle, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He is survived by three sons, Dale A. and wife Bonnie L. Riggle, Port Washington, Martin S. Riggle, Dallas, Georgia, and Russell K. and wife Sue Riggle, Newcomerstown; there are nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a special friend, Betty Hooker, New Philadelphia.

Funeral services to celebrate Walter's life will be held on Monday, June 11, 11:00 AM, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Newcomerstown. Pastor Kenneth G. Hacker will conduct the services. Burial will follow at the Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington, where the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard will perform military grave side services. Visiting hours will be held in the church on Monday morning one hour prior to the funeral. Visiting hours will also be held on Sunday at the Ourant Funeral Home from 2 until 5 PM. Masonic Lodge services will be held on Sunday, 1:45 PM, at the funeral home.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Walter's name to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 121 South College St., Newcomerstown 43832.

Published in the Coshocton Tribune on June 9, 2012
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