January 9, 2003

(7/11/1934 - 12/31/2002)

Leo Richard Kigar, 68, of Bible Grove passed away Tuesday morning, December 31, 2002, at his home after a long battle with bone cancer.

He was born the first-born son of Cordie Leo and Iva Irene (Couch) Kigar on July 11, 1934. He graduated from high school in 1954 from the Bible Grove School. Richard began farming for a brief time before entering the U.S. Army, where he was stationed for two years in Germany before being honorably discharged in February 1964. He was engaged in farming until the time of his death.

Richard married Norma Faye Swearingen on April 30, 1955, at his parents' home south of Bible Grove. She survives.

He was baptized in Christ on November 4, 1951, and was a member, elder, and Sunday school teacher at the Bible Grove Christian Church. Richard was the treasurer of the Bible Grove Cemetery Association.

Richard was a Christian, loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed working with the land and his cattle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Jack and Larry Kigar, and his grandparents: Fred and Clara Kigar and Albert E. and Daisy Couch.

He is survived by his wife, Norma, of Bible Grove; two sons: Charles Richard Kigar and his wife Debra and James Lee Kigar and his wife, Alisa, all of Bible Grove; a grandson, Cordie Lee Kigar of Bible Grove; two aunts: Fern and Betty Couch of Edina; a sister-in-law, Mildred Wilson of Memphis; two brothers-in-law: Dorsey "Ike" Swearingen of Bible Grove and Henry "Rick" Swearingen and his wife Ester of Springfield, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral Services were held Friday, January 3, 2003, at the Bible Grove Christian Church with Brother Jamie Franke officiating. Special music was provided by Ann Luther, organist, and Elaine Forrester and Angela Westhoff, vocalists. Serving as pallbearers were Curt Triplett, Donald Frederick, Jamie Triplett, Larry Frederick, Chad Triplett, and Stanley Frederick. Interment was in the Bible Grove Christian Church Cemetery, Bible Grove, MO, with the presentation of the American flag by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958. Memorials have been suggested to the Bible Grove Christian Church or to the Bible Grove Cemetery Association.

Arrangements were handled by Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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