Thomas Rigg

January 22, 1950 ~ September 24, 2020 (age 70)


Thomas “Tom” Eugene Rigg was born January 22, 1950, to Robert and Lorrean (Kilgore) Rigg in Moberly, Missouri.

Tom was a 1968 graduate of William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri. He joined the ROTC in high school and immediately after graduation he joined the Army. 

On March 10, 1973, he was united in marriage to Lena “Fran” Stevenson in Buckner, Missouri. To this union they were blessed with a daughter Samatha.  Tom worked for dairies in Kansas City, and in  1976 they moved to Pella where he started working for Pella Corp. After retiring from Pella Corporation, Tom opened Excit-A-Bowl - this was his dream! Later he joined Walmart as a greeter and he loved working  there.

Tom loved football “Go Chiefs,” baseball (KC Royals), fishing, bingo, bowling, card games, crafts (making bracelets, pairing ceramics, coloring), coin and memorabilia collecting.  He loved spoiling his grandkids especially with his “poppy-cakes” (pancakes).  He loved handing out stickers and bracelets to “his kids” at Walmart!  Summers were filled with Royals games and fall at Arrowhead Stadium.  He liked his old Westerns and attending Pella High football games. Nothing beat fried chicken and barbecue ribs - never casseroles, LOL!

Tom led his daughter’s Campfire group and coached her softball team.  He also coached boy’s baseball teams, and played Santa Claus for several years. Tom enjoyed helping raise money for Camp Sunny Side by holding annual auctions for several years. Tom was host family for two foreign exchange students - Silvia and Carol.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Fran, his daughter Samatha (Stan) Meinders of Pella; his grandchildren: Seth Meinders of Pella and Rachael Meinders of Minneapolis. He is also survived by his sister Rhonda (Irvin) Vink of Pella, and his sister-in-law Carol Rigg of Tennessee.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers: William Rigg and Robert Rigg.

Masks are requested for both the visitation and the funeral service. 


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Socially distant visitation
September 28, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Funeral Service
September 29, 2020

10:00 AM
Liberty Evangelical Free Church
684 198th Ave
Pella, IA 50219

Interment following funeral service
September 29, 2020

Oakwood Cemetery
1308 Columbus Street
Pella, IA 50219


Liberty Evangelical Free Church
684 198th Ave, Pella IA 50219
Tel: 1-641-628-1980

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