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Leonard Rigg
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Leonard Stafford Rigg, 55, passed away in September. He was born on February 8, 1955 in Escalon to Fay and Larry Rigg.

He was the youngest of five children and is survived by his wife, Kimberly; his son, Jesse; his sisters, Shirley Leslie and Charlene Hodgson; and his brothers, Lee Rigg and Ralph Rigg.

After high school, he became a successful entrepreneur and was a partner in Modesto Tent & Awning and Mid-Valley Tarp Service.

He was adventurous and loved the great outdoors. He had a passion for riding his motorcycle, fishing, riding his snowmobile and he had a great love for animals. He logged thousands of miles on his motorcycle. His summer travels included many cross-country trips including a trip to Alaska.

During the winter months you could find him in the foothills riding his snowmobile, scaling the sides of the snow banks and catching air over the moguls.

It wasn't unusual for Leonard to come home with a stray cat tucked inside of his motorcycle jacket.

He was a real character who lived a tempestuous life by his own rules.

He was a part of a close-knit family who loved him very much and he will be greatly missed.

A private family service was held on Sept. 29 at Deegan's Funeral Chapel in Escalon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alley Cat Guardians of Modesto, Community Hospice of Modesto or the American Diabetes Association.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Oct. 7, 2009