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Alfred Rigney

August 12, 1928 November 11, 2020
Alfred Rigney
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Alfred “Al” Rigney passed away on Veteran’s Day, 11-11-20, peacefully with his family by his side, at the age of 92. Our proud Veteran was born in Bramwell, West Virginia to Millard and Mabel Rigney. He is survived by his beloved wife Beverly of 69 years, son Daniel Rigney of Indiana, son Gary (Kathy) Rigney of Oxford, Robert Rigney of Attica and daughter Debra (Rigney) Crawford of Metamora. Also survived by five grandchildren Robyn (Brad) Shelley, Aaron (Sheena) Rigney, Daniel (Melissa) Rigney II, Kyle (Sarah) Rigney, Kayla Crawford and nine great grandchildren Wakelin, Elias, Teagan, Iris, Roman, Roddy, Knox, Wes and newborn Isaac.

His eight siblings Millard Rigney Jr, Tommy Rigney, Reverend Harry Rigney, Morris Rigney, Patricia (Rigney) Dillon, Charles Rigney, Ronald Rigney and Donald Rigney preceded him in death.

As a young boy, he did tree trimming, plumbing and ran the movie projectors in the theater. He went to Baltimore at age 16 and worked on repairing train car axles for the railroad and made large rope nets in the shipyard. He came to Michigan in 1946 (age 18) and worked for the Pontiac Motors Division in the plating plant.

He was quite smitten by a beautiful waitress that worked at a restaurant in Lake Orion, in which he came in nightly for dinner. In 1950, he asked Beverly to marry him. Later that year he received his army draft notice, which devastated them both. In November 1950, he reported to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. He came home on leave to marry his sweetheart on August 4, 1951, before being deployed overseas. Al was a decorated Staff Sergeant and Section Chief of an artillery battery in the Korean War. He served three years in the United States Army. He is a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 162 in Luzerne and the VFW Post 4139 in Lapeer. He proudly served as the Commander of the American Legion in Luzerne. He worked hard recruiting new members and added over 300 members to the roster. After returning home from Korea, he returned to the Pontiac Motors Division in the plating plant as a Supervisor. He retired with 30 plus years, after a work related accident.

Al and Beverly made Oxford there home for over 30 years, where they raised 4 children. They loved spending time at their home in Luzerne and later on, they became snowbirds at their home in St. Cloud, FL. For the last several years, they have resided in Metamora.
Al and Beverly enjoyed a 2-3 month long road trip, visiting all the western states. They spent their 50th anniversary in Hawaii.

Al enjoyed family camping trips, hunting, fishing, coaching little league baseball and teaching his sons the fundamentals of car repair, plumbing, electrical and carpentry. He loved listening to the rain fall on a metal roof, during a summer storm. Spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, always brought him joy and laughter.

He was a wonderful man, husband, dad, grandpa, bumpa, papa, great grandpa and will be missed deeply.

He will be having a private full honors military service at Great Lakes National Cemetery.


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