Lou Rigley (84) of Daytona Beach, Florida, died with his beloved wife, Ida, by his side on Monday, July 20, 2020 after a prolonged illness with prostate cancer. Lou was born on June 2, 1936, in Trenton, New Jersey to Henry Joseph and Miriam Priest Rigley.
Lou grew up in rural New York. Immediately after high school Lou served his country in the Navy from July 1955 to July 1959. Thereafter, he spent the next 14 years working his way through college until he obtained a PhD in Biology at West Virginia University. He taught biology at the college level in Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and South Carolina until 2012. Lou was a renaissance man with multiple hobbies. He built most of the wooden furniture in his home and many jewelry boxes out of black walnut or cherry wood. He loved to paint in acrylic, throw pottery on a wheel, and make jewelry by polishing rough stones and then casting the gems in gold or silver. But most of all, he was a beloved husband, teacher, and friend.
Lou is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ida Hartman Rigley. Lou was the youngest of ten children. He was preceded in death by his brothers Joseph, Hank, Harold, Richard, Frank, and Jack, and his sisters Elizabeth Pecket, Molly Snoad, and Eleanor Pursell. He is survived by several generations of adoring nieces and nephews.
Because of the Corona virus there will be no service. Ida plans on visiting all distant friends and family to celebrate Lou’s life when circumstances allow. Any donations in Lou’s name may be given to the charity of your choice.