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Idaho State Journal, 02/17/11
PEGRAM - Henry W. Rigby, 90, was born June 27, 1920, to Ivan King and Sarah Josephine
Rigby in Juniper, Idaho. He is the oldest of six children raised on the family ranch in
Juniper. When he was 17 his family bought a ranch out in Pegram, and Henry has lived there
ever since. He married Merla Mary Nelson on May 14, 1942, in the Salt Lake Temple. To this
union was born five children.
He joined the Army Air Corps, where he was a military police. During World War II he
was stationed on the Titian Island, where it was his duty to guard the buildings where the
atomic bomb was being assembled.
After the war, he returned to his family and the ranch in Pegram. Henry ranched with
his dad and brothers. Henry loved the ranch and cattle that he worked with daily. The
family was raised there and eventually Kenneth and Keith began working along side of their
Henry was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served
in many positions. He was the branch president in Pegram for a number of years. He also
served his community on different associations and boards.
To welcome him home are his parents and brothers, Kay, Don, and Lee, his daughter,
JoAnn, one granddaughter, Andrea, and one great-granddaughter, Reesie. He is survived by
his wife of 68 years. He is also survived by his twin sisters, Cleone Cochran, Montpelier,
Idaho, and Ione Hancock of South Jordan, Utah; daughters, Gay Powel of Afton, Wyoming, and
Sheri Solum of Montpelier, Idaho; sons, Kenneth (Tamra) of Burley, Idaho, and Keith
(Lila) of Pegram, Idaho. He has 16 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
His life ended in Pegram, which was his last wish on February 14, 2011. He was
surrounded by his family.
His funeral will be held Monday, February 21, 2011, in the Montpelier First and Fourth
LDS Chapel at noon, with a viewing from 10 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will
be in the Montpelier Cemetery.
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