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“I worked at the Family History Center at Ricks College as a student. I got to work closely with Brother and Sister Rigby. They told us stories of...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Angela - Rigby, ID - friend

“Was so sad to see that Lon had died. I didn't see the notice until too late to attend the viewing. Robert will be working during the funeral so won't...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Mary and Robert Howard - Pasco, WA

“At this time, my family and I would like to send our condolences, as you are going through difficult times right now. Over the past twenty years, as...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Ramon & Guadalupe Aguilar - WA

“Thinking of Echo and family during this time of sorrow. I taught at Longfellow with Lon in the 70's. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Louise Brincken Benitz - Libby, MT

“Echo and family, was so sorry to hear of Lon's passing. I hope you remember me from the banking days at Ben Franklin. You were always together and...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Diane Daniels - Richland, WA

“My heartfelt condolences and deep sorrow at your loss. Lon was one of the kindest,gentlest men i've known. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: walter whitaker - pasco, WA

“Tony Very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I spoke to him many times while he was outside doing his projects around the yard. He was friendly...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: David Worthington - Kennewick, WA

“Lon and Echo have always been my favorite customers to deal with when their house caught on fire and we came to their rescue and restored their home....Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara Finley - Richland, WA

“Mr. Rigby was my 5th grade teacher at Longfellow in 70-71. He was such a great teacher. I really liked him and think he is wonderful! ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Cheryl - Walla Walla, WA


Lon W. Rigby, age 86, passed away after a heart attack, Friday morning the 23rd of March, 2012 at Kennewick General Hospital. Lon, the youngest of 10 children, was born November 23, 1925 in Rexburg, Idaho, Madison County. His parents were Samuel Eckersley Rigby and Mary Pearl Richards Waldram Rigby. Some of the childhood friends he remembered well were Wayne Allison, Dee Blanchard, Chad and Junior Rigby. As a young man he served in the Navy during the Second World War. He married his sweetheart, Echo, on April 4th, 1951, in the Idaho Falls Temple, Idaho. He received a Master's Degree from Brigham Young University. Lon was principal, teacher, and Boy Scout leader. He also served on the Regional Scout Committee. He was a teacher and principal for local schools Edwin Markham and Longfellow in Pasco. They have also lived in Shelley, Sterling, St. Anthony and Ashton, Idaho. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a Seventy, a High Priest, and he served three Missions for the church (England, Canada) and he and Echo were on a Family History Mission at Ricks College. While they were there, they wrote a History of William F. Rigby, "The True Aim of a Noble Man." He loved carpentry and restored homes and apartments which he purchased. He was a caring and generous landlord. He loved to tell stories of his youth in Bitch Creek, Idaho. On one swimming excursion he nearly lost his life to drowning in a spillway at Twin Groves. He is survived by his dear wife, Echo Winnona Kunz Rigby and their children and grandchildren. His sons, Clinton Lon Rigby (Nadean) and Tony Lynn Rigby (Pam); and daughters Rulene Henderson (Herb), Becky Waldram Whitaker, and Sovann Phim; grandchildren Kye, Jesse, Aimee, Brett, Michelle, Nathan, Matthew, Ryan, Jeremiah, Ace, Suphorn, Dave, Cary, Betsy; thirty-five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Viewing will be held on Friday, April 6th, 2012, 6 to 8:00 p.m., at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, 1401 S. Union Street, Kennewick. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 7th, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hansen Park Chapel, 8120 Fourth Avenue, Kennewick with Bishop Michael Stoker officiating. Family meeting and family prayer will begin at 1:00 p.m. Special thanks to all those who have assisted our family in any way at this time.

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