Paul E. Rigsbee, 77, of Marion, died at 12:10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.
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Born Dec. 5, 1936, in Marion, he was the son of Paul W. and Martha Julian Rigsbee. He married his high school sweetheart, Judith Carpenter, on Aug. 26, 1956, in Seymour.
Paul was a 1954 graduate of Marion High School. Upon graduation, he attended Indiana University, where he was a member of the IU Marching Hundred band for four years. He enjoyed working with his father, brothers and son in their family-owned business, Rigsbee Supply Co. Inc. Years later, he and his wife established The Lion and Lamb Christian Book Store to serve the community. Before retiring, Paul served as the fleet manager for Southworth Ford in Marion. Paul's great love for music led him to participate in various choral/instrumental organizations including the Marion Male Chorus, Community Band, Marion Easter Pageant and Messiah. He served as music director at Highland Avenue United Methodist Church for 16 years and most recently participated in the choir at Mount Olive United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Paul's greatest love and joy were his family.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Judith Carpenter Rigsbee of Marion; two sons, Paul Rigsbee Jr. of Frankfort and W. Eric (Shelli) Rigsbee of Portland; three daughters, Deborah (the Rev. Kenneth) Vance of Zambia, Africa, Katherine (Bruce) Giffin Beck of Fishers, and Cynthia (James) Cornwell of Tampa, Florida; two brothers, Philip (Shirley) Rigsbee and Don (Carol) Rigsbee, both of Marion; two sisters, Phyllis French of Marion and Janice (Thomas) Kulczyk of Jonesboro; 20 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Rigsbee; and a son-in-law, Timothy Giffin.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Olive United Methodist Church, 2015 N. 300W, Marion, with the Rev. Tim Becker and the Rev. Robert Barton officiating.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International Bible Distribution, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington.
Friends may share an online tribute on the guestbook at baileylove.com.
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Published in Tribune from Aug. 22 to Aug. 30, 2014