Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

George Raymond Rigg

George Raymond Rigg, age 93, of Shelby, died Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

George was born February 23, 1925 in Jackson Township, Richland County, Ohio the son of the late Ethan E. and Bertha Sylvia (Weber) Rigg. For 26 years, George owned and operated Rigg’s Barber Shop and for the next 20 years he worked at the Tuby, retiring in 1991. George attended Shelby City Schools and served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from January 9, 1943-November 11, 1945. He was a longtime member of First Church of God in Shelby, and Shelby American Legion O’Brien Post #326. He was an avid golfer and fondly remembered singing in a quartet during his Navy days on a radio show in Chicago and enjoyed singing at church. One of George’s fondest memories was the trip he took to Washington D.C. on the Honor Flight. A very gentle, kind and generous man, George will be missed by many.

He is survived by his son: Nathan (Jane) Rigg of Shelby; 3 grandchildren: Holly (Tyler) DeLong of Dayton, Traci Sexton of Shelby, and Nickolas Rigg of Shelby; 6 great grandchildren:  Olivia, Josiah, Malachi, Hazel DeLong, Gail and Tyler Sexton; half-brother: Jack Rigg of Akron; Sister-in-law: Joann Rigg of Shelby; and his feline companion: Lilly.

On August 3, 1953 George married Ruby M. (Tackett) Rigg and she preceded him in death on May 20, 2012. Also preceding him in death were his parents, a brother: Delbert Rigg and a sister: Helen Smith.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 5-8 PM at the PENWELL TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the funeral home conducted by Pastor Lester Champer. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.

Memorial expressions may be made to Shelby Helpline Ministries or to Hospice of North Central Ohio. To send a message of sympathy or to share a memory with the Rigg family, please visit

Memories & Condolence

  1. Diana Rigg says:

    Our prayers are with you at this time of loss. This was expected, but always unexpected. Not to be too philosophical, but no one is ever ready for this change in life. Our memories will keep all our loved ones alive for years and years. I have especially fond memories of Uncle George and Aunt Ruby at family celebrations in the 1960’s, both at Christmas and the shared birthday parties for George and Delbert that so enlivened those long, winter, February days. Love, Diana, Allen and Samuel

  2. Greg and Lynn Evans says:

    Nathan and family,

    We were honored to know your dad for decades, and we can personally testify to what a great man he was. He was so proud of you, Nathan, and we realize you are not just losing a dad, but a best friend.

    We can only imagine that he is beaming as he is belting out the song, “I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy.” (As a little girl I remember him singing that song, and I absolutely loved it. No one could ever sing it like him!)

    Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Your friends,
    Greg and Lynn

  3. John Chapman says:

    This Man was a very Well Loved Nathan my condolences are with you Love you Cousin which is my Uncle

  4. Rick and Kim Collins says:

    We loved talking to George at church. Enjoyed his singing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  5. Tammy Jo Hale says:

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers-

  6. Ann Cooper says:

    Nathan, Jane & family, I am so sorry to hear about George. He did leave quite a legacy. I loved to hear him sing at church and I enjoyed visiting with George & Ruby at their home when I dropped off her Avon. Just remember the good times and the love of a good family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rely on the Lord’s strength to see you through.

  7. Inez Armstrong says:

    So very sorry to hear of George’s passing. He was a wonderful person and will be missed. Prayers for you Nathan and your family!❤

  8. Gary Hutchinson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers be with you in this and all times. Uncle George holds a very special place in my heart and memories.

  9. Pamela Owens and Owens family says:

    Nathan and family. I grew up knowing your Dad and Mom from the Church of God family. The beautiful voice of your Dad singing.
    May the Lord bless each of you as you mourn your loved one. Prayers.
    Owens family

  10. Ana Williams says:

    My condolences to the famly of George Raymond Rigg. May your find comfort in knowing that Christ Jesus own death and resurrection opened the way for
    mankind to be release from death by means of the Earthly Resurrection.
    There is going to be a resurrection of boththe righteous and the unrighteous.
    Acts 24:15 I Corinthians 15:21,22

  11. Richard Russell says:

    George was our family barber and I remember him well from those days when Dad and I would go to his shop on Broadway in Shelby. We have the photo of him giving me my first haircut and the smile on his face is so precious (he was enjoying the haircut much more than I was). Our sympathy and prayers are with you at this time of loss.



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