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Dwight L. Kiggins

April 3, 1926 - September 6, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: September 10, 2018

Dwight L. Kiggins, 92, died peacefully on September 6, 2018. Born April 3, 1926, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Leslie V. and Bessie Thompson Kiggins. Dwight was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Hefner Nabe, whom he married on January 15, 1965, and died September 14, 2002; two sisters, Claire D. Kiggins Stone and Elaine M. Kiggins Fischer. Dwight is survived by numerous step children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Dwight was a man of many talents who enjoyed relating his many life experiences. He left Belleville Township High School in 1944 to enlist in the Army Air Corps. His World War II service was in Air-Sea Rescue in Boca Raton, Florida. After the war, he attended Westminster College until a back injury forced him to leave school. With his father, he owned and operated Edgemont Tractor and Implement Company in East St. Louis, Illinois, until 1955 when the family purchased “And-A-Half Acres,” a farm located between O’Fallon and Lebanon, Illinois. In addition to farming and rising beef cattle, he worked with Davinroy Plumbing to install the water system in Albers, Illinois, and was a field officer for the National Farmers Organization.

Following his marriage to “Ginny,” Dwight left farming and began a career in retail management with Venture Stores/May Company. Retiring from retail, Dwight and Ginny enjoyed retirement at the Lake of The Ozarks and Yuma, Arizona. He regularly volunteered and assisted family in building projects. Dwight was accomplished in woodworking, plumbing, electricity and welding. He was an accomplished artist in oils and woodcarving. A hallmark was always looking for something to do.

After Ginny’s death, he relocated to Belleville, spending much of his time helping his sisters and volunteering at Hope Church. He enjoyed wintering with his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren in Florida. He was a member of American Legion Post 216 in Swansea, Illinois.

The family expresses its gratitude and sincerest thanks to the nurses and staff of Cedarhurst of Shiloh for the caring assistance given to Dwight.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association or the Northern Plains Reservation Aid.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018, at Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois.

Services: Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois. Internment to follow at Valhalla Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Belleville, Illinois.