Richard Owen Isgrigg (1936 - 2017)

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Richard Owen Isgrigg, 81, died on Nov. 12, 2017, at Providence Hospital, with his daughter by his side, due to an infection.
Richard was born on Oct. 20, 1936, in Fresno, Calif., to Harold T. Isgrigg and Ruby Johnson Isgrigg. He moved to Alaska in 1950 with his family. In 1964, he married Ronnie (Devening) Gwin and became an instant father to her three children. They divorced only five years later, and in 1972, Ronnie died unexpectedly. Richard opened his heart and home to his ex-wife's teenage children. He ensured their well being and made sure they had everything they needed, including love and friendship. He was an incredibly selfless, caring man.
Richard worked on the North Slope for Western Geophysical for 19 years, until 1986, when he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident and was forced to retire. He then spent his time on his hobbies, which included fishing, painting, photography and tinkering around the house, and spending time with family and friends. He learned to play golf and spent many mornings golfing with his closest friends. In 2013, he suffered yet another traumatic injury, a spinal cord injury, that left him quadriplegic and unable to care for himself. He was able to do some things with his limited use of his arms and hands, and still found ways to enjoy his favorite things in life.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother and father; sister, Peggy Ketcham; brothers, Ronald Isgrigg and Lowell Isgrigg; and son, Daniel Isgrigg.
He is survived by his brother, Roger Isgrigg; daughter, Sherry Thompson; son, Donald Isgrigg; granddaughter, Shelby Thompson; niece, Margaret Sellers; long time friend and golfing buddy, Roy Morris; and dear friend, Dee Donnald, all of Anchorage, Alaska; granddaughter, Casey Isgrigg of California; grandson, Logan Isgrigg; and many extended family members in the Lower 48.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2017