RIGBY — Richard “Dick” Rigby, passed away Jan 9, 2014, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Dick married Mary Jane Bennett in 1956 and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. After graduation he worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service in various parts of the country, eventually settling in New Mexico and Arizona, where he was a wildlife refuge manager and federal game warden. He was responsible for establishing game refuges and wilderness areas, most notably the Great Swamp Refuge in New Jersey and the Bosque del Apache Wilderness Area in New Mexico.
After retirement in 1981, Dick worked as a salesman and became an avid restorer of Model A Fords. He belonged to several antique car clubs, including the Phoenix Model A Club, the Horseless Carriage Club and the Veteran Motor Car Club of America, of which he was the national president.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; five children, William, Richard Jr., Allison, Brian and Katherine; 11 grandchildren; and a long list of close friends.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dick’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.heritagefuneralchapels.com.