Bob Wigington, 92, passed away on May 23, 2019, at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center, in Loma Linda.
He grew up in Kansas with his three brothers, born to parents Clifford Wigington and Effie Reed. They moved to California after World War II, where he earned the rank of sergeant in the Army. Bob was stationed in Japan and arrived in Hiroshima just after the nuclear attack leveled the city, bringing the war to an end.
His active life centered around his wife, Joyce Richardson and his three children, who were raised in Hacienda Heights. He enjoyed basketball, bowling, dancing and working out well into his 80s. He owned several small businesses in Covina and LaVerne, passing on his high work standards and ethics to his children who were employed by him for their first jobs. Retiring to his home in East Highlands Ranch afforded him continuing fun-filled activities, swimming pool parties and fishing with his grandchildren. Bob taught them all to love all animals and appreciate nature. As he had began his life on a family farm, he lived out his remaining years on the family farm of his daughter Patti Malone, son-in-law Steve Malone, and granddaughter Madison Malone, whom shared caring for him.
Bob’s exciting travels took him to various historical places to visit his son and family of whom he was very proud. His daily life was happiest interacting with his grandchildren. Each of his grandchildren was loved dearly. He was very active in raising his firstborn grandson, Bobby, who was named after him. They will all miss his kind spirit, mild manners and laughter that he readily shared. Everyone who knew Bob couldn’t help liking him.
His three brothers, Roland, Richard and Roger and his wife of 55 years Joyce Lorraine Richardson who preceded him by 12 years, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his son, Rob Wigington of Nashville, Tenn., twin daughters Patti Malone of Yucaipa and Pam Wiley of Beaumont, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church Chapel, 28355 Baseline St. in Highland.