Bob Wigington (John Robert), 92, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veteran's Center in Loma Linda.
He grew up on a dairy farm in the small town of Quinter, Kan., born to Clifford and Effie Wigington along with his three brothers Roland, Richard and Roger. Bob was the star quarterback on the winning Quinter High School football. He was also on the school's basketball team. In his senior year, he was drafted to the U.S. Army and served in World War II, earning the rank of sergeant. Stationed in the Philippines and then Japan, he arrived in Hiroshima after the nuclear attack leveled the city and brought the war to an end.
He was a devoted husband for 55 years to his wife, Joyce Lorraine Richardson. He owned several small businesses where he hired family members and passed on his good work ethic.
Bob enjoyed dancing and workouts well into his 80s. Retiring to his home in East Highlands Ranch afforded him the fun-filled activities of swimming at pool parties and fishing with his grandchildren.
He will be remembered as a loving father to his three children he raised in Hacienda Heights, Calif. His son, Robert Reed Wigington, shared his love for music and made him very proud as he brought stories of his work and travels all over the world.
His vacations always focused around visiting his son's family including his last trip to their home in Nashville, Tenn.
Bob's twin daughters were blessed to have a model father who always put their needs first: Pamela Kae Wiley of Beaumont and Patricia Mae Malone of Yucaipa. He had the pleasure of living with his son-in-Law, Steve Malone, Patti and their daughter, Madison Malone, at their family farm his last five years.
He will also be missed by 10 loving grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, who were his crowning glory. He loved animals and country life, so he felt blessed to spend his remaining years on the farm, as he had done as a child.
Bob's memorial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14, at Immanuel Baptist Church, in the chapel.