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Darrell Paul Wigger

Darrell Paul Wigger passed away from cancer May 25, 2006, at the Horizons Care Center in Eckert.He was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Farmington, Mo., to May Elizabeth (Drake) and Willard Wigger. He married Jean Griffith Needham July 18, 1942, in Leadington, Mo.Paul lived in Missouri or Colorado all his life. He came to the Thomas Ranch on the Crystal River in the early 1940s, where he met his wife-to-be, Jean, who was a Thomas granddaughter. During his lifetime, he worked as a farmer, miner, timberman, builder, pool rider, chuck tender, drill doctor and horseman. Most of these jobs were done on the Western Slope. Paul liked to work with horse-drawn, rather than modern day, equipment. He lived in Silt during the 1960s and ’70s, and the last years were spent in Hotchkiss. Remembering, reading about, and doing things the old way were his favorite pastimes and way of life. He enjoyed teaching his grandsons those ways. Horses and mules were always his favorites, and he loved to be in parades with his animals and equipment. He enjoyed reading historically correct western history. He spent his last years with Jean, his mules and horses, making things of leather, mending his clothing and crafting items in mountain-man style with his own design.Survivors include his wife; children Elizabeth Ann (Roger) Smith of Kanab, Utah, Bruce (Linda) Wigger of Silverdale, Wash., Janet (Delbert) Kennedy of Ignacio, and Shirley (Bill) Hinkle of Fredericktown, Mo.; sisters-in-law Alice Wigger and Betty Wigger of Mo.; grandchildren Curtis Wesner of Durango, Travis (Dee) Wesner of Pagosa Springs, Stormy Ann and Cody Kathleen Wesner of Albuquerque, N.M., Rob Smith (Jenifer Wong) of Henderson, Nev., Dawn (Sean) Oerlerich of Bellingham, Wash., Robin (Paul) Mason of Virginia Beach, Va., Michael Wigger of Portland, Ore., Joseph Bach of Whidbey, Wash., Justin Hinkle of Seattle, Jason (Lori) Hinkle of Battlement Mesa, and Ellen (Rob) Emrich of Sparks, Nev.; and great-grandchildren Dakota, Dylan, Steven, and Savannah Wesner, Dustin and Charlene Mason, Ethan, William and Sammy Hinkle, Alex, Avery and Robby Emrich and John Wesner.He was preceded in death by his brothers, Elwood and Farrell Wigger. A funeral service was held May 31 at Mesa View Mortuary Chapel. Interment followed at the Union Divide Creek Cemetery in Silt.Sign the memory tribute online at http://www.mesaview.net.


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