Joseph J. Rigg


Birth: May 13th, 1928
Death: March 30th, 2017
Age: 88 years
Residence:Tawas City, Michigan
Previous Residence(s):Vassar, Michigan
Survived By: Joe is now survived by his loving wife, Dee Rigg of Tawas City; 2 sons, John (Tamela) Rigg of Durban, South Africa and Bill (Natalie) Rigg of Tawas City; 5 grandchildren, Joshua (Rhiannon) Rigg of Clarkston, Adam ( Jennifer) Rigg of Waterford, Jessica (Dave) Ryan of Manchester, Vermont; Monica (Jesse) Church of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Veronica Schneider of Tawas City; 15 great grandchildren; 2 sister-in-law's, Dolores Rigg of Rochester, and June Rigg of Caro; 3 brother-in-law's, Leonard Skowron of Pinconning, James Ferguson of Oxnard, California, and Howard Ferguson of Las Vegas, Nevada; many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
 
Served In: Air Force
Years Served: 1948 - 1954
 

Joseph "Joe" Jenkinson Rigg, of Tawas City, formerly of Vassar, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Tawas Manor Assisted Living, age 88 years.  Joe was born on May 13, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to John and Jean (Dutch) Rigg.  After his high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served our country during the Korean Conflict era as a Corporal. Joe worked as an Auto Mechanic for McIntosh/McKay Chevrolet for 17 years, retiring in 1975.  He forever had a passion for antique cars and their restoration, and any type of vintage automobile collectibles. Joe was a member of the Spoke and Chrome Car Club where he enjoyed all the comradery with his friends who shared in the same automobile interests.  He married his wife and best friend, Delores "Dee" Ferguson in Caro on August 3, 1957.  Together they have celebrated 59 beautiful years of marriage!  Joe is now survived by his loving wife, Dee Rigg of Tawas City; 2 sons, John (Tamela) Rigg of Durban, South Africa and Bill (Natalie) Rigg of Tawas City; 5 grandchildren, Joshua (Rhiannon) Rigg of Clarkston, Adam ( Jennifer) Rigg of Waterford, Jessica (Dave) Ryan of Manchester, Vermont; Monica (Jesse) Church of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Veronica Schneider of Tawas City; 15 great grandchildren; 2 sister-in-law’s, Dolores Rigg of Rochester, and June Rigg of Caro; 3 brother-in-law’s, Leonard Skowron of Pinconning, James Ferguson of Oxnard, California, and Howard Ferguson of Las Vegas, Nevada; many nieces, nephews, and special friends.  Joe is preceded in death by his twin brothers, John and Robert Rigg; a sister Nancy Stacer; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Skowron.  Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life through a memorial service with military honors will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Buresh Funeral Home, 416 Whittemore Street, Tawas City, MI. 48763, with Reverend Dan Gonder officiating.  His family will welcome friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  Those wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to either the Tawas United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association in his name. An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.



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