- November 9, 1947 - April 2, 2012
- Missoula, Montana
of Harlan's Passing
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Missoula – Harlan Ernest Rigby, 67, of Missoula, passed away on Monday, April 2, at home of natural causes. He was born November 9, 1944, in Butte to Arnold and Amanda (Schlichenmayer) Rigby, and lived most of his youth in Butte's Upper East Side, graduating from Butte High School. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1966, he attended the University of Montana, where he met the love of his life, Suzanne. On August 26, 1967, he married Suzanne Johnson in Butte. The couple lived in Butte, Billings and Kalispell, settling in Missoula in 1974, where Harlan worked as a computer technician for NCR. He enjoyed golfing and fishing and camping with his wife and son. He took great pleasure in his many friendships, barbecuing, Grizzly football games, tail-gating and wood-working. A beautiful man, he was remarkable for his integrity, his love of teasing, gentle joking and his quiet sense of humor. He made many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Rigby and two brothers James and Joseph Rigby all of Butte. Survivors include his beloved wife of 45 years, Suzanne, one beautiful son, Tim; and delight of his life granddaughter Jaidyn. He is also survived by his mother, Amanda Rigby of Butte; sisters Linda (Charlie) Jessen and Sandy (Dan) Smith of Anaconda and Mary (John) Rigby-Nymand of Billings. Brothers include Duane (Andi) Rigby, Dennis (Milly) Rigby and Steve Rigby of Butte; and David Rigby of Anaconda. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. On his wife's side, Harlan is survived by sisters-in-law Judith Johnson of Missoula and Katherine Gransberg (Christopher, deceased) of Missoula; brother-in-law Dave (Patricia) Johnson of Alaska, and several nieces and nephews. Services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday April 7 at Garden City Funeral Home. There, a reception celebrating Harlan's full life will follow the service. The family suggests memorials to the donor's choice.