Rodney Dee RIGBY

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RIGBY, Rodney Dee passed away at his home peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on September 26, 2017 in Tucson, AZ. Rod had been diagnosed with stage 4 Bladder Cancer in July. Rod was born on May 22, 1955  in Pocatello, ID to Rex and Geri Rigby. Rod had a sister, Sheila and a brother, Randy. Rod was very close to his Grandpa and Grandma Serean who taught him how to hunt and fish.  Rod's parent owned a cabin in Island Park, ID some of Rod's fondest memories were spending time at the cabin.  Rod attended schools in Pocatello and  graduated from Highland High in 1974.  He then began work for the phone company. It is there he met and married his wife, Kathleen Malzahn. When he met Kathy and fell in love he knew that love would need to include Kathy's five year old daughter, Tracy which he gladly accepted.  The following year Kathy and Rod had their son, Daniel.  They were dedicated to their family and were actively involved, from Scout leaders, Dance Recital, to Band Concerts not to mention all the camping and family trips. In 1982 Rod and his family had a chance to move to Tucson, AZ with the phone company. Site unseen, off they went to Tucson, Rod said, anythings got to better than this cold weather, he was an outside technician at the time. Rod and Kathy fell in love with Tucson. They enjoyed having guests from out of town so they could show them all the treasures of Tucson. In 2006, Kathy and Rod were in a tragic automobile accident on the way to a Company meeting where Kathy was killed and Rod was badly injured. Rod and Kathy had been married for 30 years and they had worked closely together during that time.  Rod retired later that year with 32 years of service. After retirement, Rod golfed, bowled and traveled. He even joined a pottery class where he honed his artistic skills and became quite good. He met a group of women through pottery he called his Pottery Babes. There he met Marsha, whom he became fast friends and later sweethearts. They enjoyed being with each other whether it was at their cabin at Pine Top, Pottery shows or just some good conversation. Rod never knew a stranger, always had a joke to tell, worked hard and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Rod is survived by his girlfriend, Marsha Kinkade; son, Daniel Rigby his wife, Jennifer and their four sons, Andrew, Miles, Blake and Max; his stepdaughter, Tracy Mace and her daughter, Sierra; his sister, Sheila Thompson and her husband, Carl and their son, Zachary. We would ask in lieu of flowers please make a donation in Rod's name to the Humane Society of Tucson. Rod's family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all the staff at  TMC Hospital, Cornerstone Acute Care and TMC Hospice and all the Dr's and Nurses who took great care of him. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Our Mother of Sorrows located at 1800 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ 85710. There will be a luncheon held at the church after the services. Burial will be held in Pocatello, ID at a later date. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE HEATHER MORTUARY.


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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 12, 2017
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