Gene W. Rigby

September 27, 1957 ‒ October 10, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Gene W. Rigby, age 62 of Marion, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the James Cancer Center, hand in hand with his wife and daughter.

Gene was born on September 27, 1957 in Marion, the son of Larry E. and Leah May (Hyatt) Rigby. He graduated from River Valley High School in the class of 1976; he then attended Marion Technical College where he graduated with an associate’s degree in engineering.

Gene married the love of his life, Edna E. Gibbs, on June 14, 1980 at the First Presbyterian Church in Marion.

In 2002, Gene acquired an existing company, rebranded it as Underground Utility Services, and built quite a reputation throughout Ohio as the go-to-guy for leak detection.  Leveraging his expertise in both water and wastewater industry, Gene was an inventor and holds 3 patents for products and systems that improve the integrity of underground systems.

Gene was a grand lover of life and lived it to the fullest. He overflowed with love, talent, innovation, loyalty, generosity, and so much more. He was a true jack of all trades and if he didn’t know how to do something, he taught himself how. There was not a room in their home that he had not remodeled over the years and he meticulously tended to their yard. He had numerous hobbies that filled his time; in his younger years he loved to race motorcycles. He was drawn to the water and enjoyed boating. Camping was also a thrill for Gene. Golfing, especially with his dad, are times he treasured greatly. Gene had a keen eye and was an avid photographer and videographer as well. He gave of himself by coaching a number of different sports over the years. He was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church and served in many roles. He knew his way around the kitchen and everyone raved over his famous homemade lasagna.  Above all else, Gene’s proudest achievement was his family and he especially loved to brag on his daughter Amy. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family. Every Christmas he would dress as Santa Clause for his daughter and all of the nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Edna E. Rigby; beloved daughter, Amy (Chad) Gariety; cherished granddaughter, Ellie Mae Gariety; father, Larry E. Rigby; brother, Don (Irene) Rigby and a host of brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gene is preceded in death by his mother, Leah May Rigby and his brother Dana Rigby.

Visitation will be Monday, October 14, 2019 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Funeral service will be Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 143 South Prospect St., Marion at 10:30AM with Pastor Rob Howard officiating; burial will be in Marion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or The James Cancer Hospital

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Rigby family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss! Gene was a great guy! May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  • Amy, Chad & Family
    My Deepest Sympathy for your loss. Your father sounds like he was a Wonderful Man, you were so very blessed! I pray that God gives you strength & peace in the days/weeks ahead 🤗

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Gene was a good guy. We are praying for you and Amy and your whole family. I know he was rock for your family. Prayers for peace ,strength, and comfort for you all.

  • My heart is with you guys during this difficult time. Gene was an incredible man! I was so blessed to spend a lot of time with him and you guys as a child. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  • From *; ( Shelly & Chuck..

    Dear LORD, Jesus Christ…. LORD you are the KING of kings & LORD of lords. The Powerful Comforter that can give strength to our Dear Friends. Please give them the strength and endurance to deal with the days that are ahead of them. Please Spirit of GOD, shield them with Grace and Mercy that is beyond all understanding! I give your the honor and glory for being with them, during this time. I believe in LORD, Jesus, I know you can, and I know you will answer this Prayer of mine!! Amen & AMEN

  • So very sorry for your loss. Gene was such an incredible person. May God surround you with his love & comfort. Our thoughts & prayers are with you🙏🏻🙏🏻
    Marke & Denise Lyon

  • Gene was a beloved fellow member of the RV class of 76. He was full of personality and always friendly to everyone! I’m so sorry for your loss! Mary Jo Hoffman Foos

  • Edna and Amy my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I know your heart is breaking, but hold on the memories. ♥️

  • Gene was a classmate, and friend. He was smart, talented, funny, compassionate and always treated others (myself included) with respect. He was always up for a joke or two, always smiling. I considered Gene to be a friend and I hope he felt the same towards me. My condolences to his family, fellow classmates, and everyone else who had the honor of crossing paths with Gene during his short lifetime, and to those who will miss him. Rest in piece Gene, you were a really unique person, friend and classmate.

    -Rick Retterer

  • Prayers for the family and his Wife as you wait til we’re all reunited on that great Day!
    Sorry for your loss but happy for his Victory!
    May God continue to bless you all

  • I was deeply saddened to learn of Gene’s passing. May God comfort his family during the difficult times ahead. We shared a lot of good times in our youth. Some were “too good” to mention here.

  • Prayers are with your family at this difficult time from a former classmate. It sounds like you lived your life to the fullest and you will be missed. My thoughts are with you all.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Praying God gives you and your family strength for the difficult days ahead. Dana