Richard Loren Wiggins

May 18, 1927 ‒ July 07, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Richard Loren Wiggins, age 88, of Mount Vernon, died Tuesday July 7, 2015 at the Laurels of Mount Vernon. Richard was born on May 18, 1927 in Knox County to Wayne and Lillian (Ryan) Wiggins and had spent his lifetime in Knox County. He served with the United States Army Ordnance Corps. He was a member of the American Legion and had been a member of the Dixie Squares, square dance club.

Richard owned Bertie Town and Country in Fredericktown for over 30 years and the Northend Laundromat on Tilden Ave. in Mount Vernon. He and his second wife raised and sold weaning pigs for many years.

Surviving is his wife of 30 years, Betsy (Lober) Wiggins; his daughters, Marcia (Duane) Shinaberry of Mount Gilead and Diana Wiggins of Fredericktown; stepchildren, Leonard (Maria) Mergler of Columbus, Barry (Kristen) Mergler of Gregory, Michigan, Amanda (Jeff) Williams of Stockbridge, Michigan and Mollie Mergler of Lubock, Texas; grandchildren, Scott Shinaberry and Michelle Shinaberry; step grandchildren, Joshua Mergler, Giovanni Mergler, Vivian Mergler, Jason Mergler, Lauren Mergler, Lillian and Katlyn Williams, Mary Grace Mergler, a sister, Joan Sharp of Fredericktown and good friend Tom Grogg.

Besides his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his first wife, Alberta (Bertie) Wiggins, a daughter, Linda Dwyer, brothers, John Wiggins and Dwight Wiggins, a half-sister, Sarah Asburn and good friend Larry Skaggs.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown where friends may call one hour prior. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Friendship Cemetery near Mount Vernon.

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  • Dear Betsy, Marcia, Diana and Families — So sorry to read about your loss. Dick was an icon in Fredericktown and he will be sorely missed. He and Bertie were probably some of the first people we met when we moved to Fredericktown. We have always been glad to count you all as friends over the years. Sending you our deepest sympathy and friendship. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Diana, Marcia and Duane and Joan, so very sorry the passing of your
    loved one. Many blessings and prayers.

  • Thinking of you at this time of sorrow. You have our deepest Sympathy.

  • Betsy, Marcia, Diana and Families: So So sorry. What a great man. Was my privilege to know him. Will keep you all in my prayers. Bob Harrod

  • God didn’t tell us, life was going to be easy, He said “I will never leave you or forsake you”. On June 11th, the last day I saw and spoke with Dick, I ask him if he knew Jesus Christ as his Savior. I was so pleased to hear Dick tell me, “yes, I do”. We prayed together, and ask according to His will and His timing to touch, heal and comfort us in this time of our need. Praise the Lord, I will see Dick again someday.

  • Marcia,Diane,Duane,Michille and Scott
    May you find peace in knowing that God now holds your dad and granddad in his arms. Hes now at peace and healthy. May the memories of the times remain in your hearts and minds and all the great stories shared with all who gather to say there farewells. May God bless all of you.

    Sincerely in friendship Tom and Pam Lanum

  • So sorry for your loss. I will keep the Wiggins family in my thoughts and paryers.

  • Betsy, we are so sorry to learn of Dick’s passing. You will be in our prayers.
    Dennis and Tammy Swingle

  • Diana, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . So sorry for your loss.

  • Diane and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. Richard’s brother John was my uncle. It was always a treat growing up going to Bertie”s whether it was at the DQ or later when they opened up the restaurant.Please know that the family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

    Ginger Wells Caito

  • Diana ,Marcia and Family Our thoughts and Prayers are with you. With Sincere Sympathy Doris and Dennis

  • So sorry I missed you . Ill keep you in my prayers. I try to keep track of my friends.

  • Thinking of you guys and sending our love and our prayers. We both have good memories of Uncle Dick. He was a sweet kind hearted man. Thankful he is no longer suffering and is finally home and at peace.
    Our hearts go out to you.
    Love you