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Kenneth Leroy 'Pat' Rigby

Published on -11/17/2012, 4:29 PM

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Kenneth Leroy "Pat" Rigby, 87, Hays, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born June 30, 1925, in Waldo to Harry and Lydia "Merle" (Bealby) Rigby.

He married Margaret "Paula" Walter on Sept. 29, 1973, in Hays. She preceded him in death Feb. 11, 2012.

He spent his working career in the oilfields, primarily as a pumper. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart, two Bronze Battle Stars and a Bronze Star.

He was a member of Hays Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076 and Hays American Legion. He regularly participated on the honor guard for veteran's funerals. His family was his passion. Taking care of others earned him much respect and deserved title of "Uncle Pat" to many.

Survivors include a son, Leon Rigby and wife, Karen, Berryton; three daughters, Connie Davis and husband, Tom, Soldotna, Alaska, Connie Winters and husband, Alan, Topeka, and Cathy Rigby, Oklahoma City; and a special niece and nephew who was raised by Pat and Paula, Christina Walter and Marc Younger and wife, Janell, all of Hays; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Olis "Ray" Rigby; a brother, Harold "Mike" Rigby; and four sisters, Mary "Gladys" Tyler, Reva Beck, Louise Rigby and Winifred "Winnie" Davis.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601; burial in Fort Hays Memorial Gardens Cemetery, with military honors by the Hays VFW.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Monday, both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Hays VFW Post No. 9076 or the donor's choice in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.

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