93, resident of La Verne, passed away 27 November 2010. He was born 20 August 1917 to Arthur & Euphemia Wigell in Chicago, Illinois. Howard worked in education for 40 years, as a music teacher & counselor at John Swett High School in Crockett, CA, as Vice-Principal and Principal at Bonita High School District of La Verne and San Dimas, CA, retiring in 1984. He was active in local civic organizations and was past president of the La Verne Rotary Club. He was a veteran of World War II, working as a cryptographer in the European Theater and organizing a dance band the "Fighter Comets," that performed at military bases & appeared at the Stage Door Canteen in London & the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. Howard loved golfing, fishing in northern Lakes, international travel, & regaling beloved friends and family with tales of his adventures. Preceded in death by wife Blanche Knox Wigell, brothers LeRoy and C. Arthur, & daughter Holly. Survived by daughter Kristina Van Blaricom of Seattle, WA, son Dr. Arthur Wigell of Camperdown, Victoria, Australia, 3 grandchildren, niece Jill Wigell of Haleiwa, HI & 4 nephews & a niece on the East Coast. Plans for memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Center at Pomona Valley Hospital, Pomona, CA to the VITAS Hospice Charitable Fund.
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Published by Daily Bulletin on Dec. 12, 2010.