William Joseph "Bill" Riggle June 24, 1930 - February 10, 2012

Published on Wed, Feb 15, 2012
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William Joseph "Bill" Riggle (age 81) entered into rest on February 10, 2012 in Blaine, surrounded by his family.

Bill was born on June 24, 1930 in Blackwell, OK to Joseph Leslie and Jewell H. (Gillham) Riggle. Bill attended high school in Blackwell and later continued his schooling at Boise State. He served his country from October 6, 1948 until July 1, 1977 as a Command Sergeant Major E9 in the US Army. Bill retired from the Army in 1977 after 28 years of service receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medals, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm among others. During his military career, Bill met and married his wife, Shirley Ann Lachmance on October 16, 1971 in Reno, NV.

Among his military career, Bill also worked as a commercial fisherman from 1977 - 1986, fishing in Puget Sound and Alaska. His final career was with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service in Point Roberts, WA from 1986 until 1995.

Bill was a man of many interests. Among them were coin collecting, gardening, fishing, grafting fruit tree, classic Ford cars and trucks. He was also a member of the US Legion, VFW, 97th Signal Battalion and Legionnaire. One very special restoration project was a Ford Comet sports coupe that Bill purchased when his daughter was first born.

He will most be remembered for his dedication, responsibility, practicality and his wicked sense of humor. Bill could always make people laugh. Overall, Bill was a family man and extremely even keeled with good family morals. He was always a good friend to everyone especially his "Best Buddy" Glen William, his grandson.

Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Mary Riggle of Birch Bay, WA; brothers, Leslie Riggle of Wichita, KS, David Riggle of Eldorado, KS, Michael Riggle of  Weatherford, TX, Patrick Riggle of Potwin, KS, Timothy Riggle of Towanda, KS; sister, Lorna Combs of Pottsboro, TX; one grandchild, Glen Williams "Best Buddy" and his beloved Roxie Jo, his beloved pug.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Blaine.  Please sign the Book of Memories, light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at