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Marion J. Riggle, 80, Carroll County, passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at home.
He was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Bringhurst, to Marion D. and Bessie R. Wingard Riggle. On June 15, 1971, he married Ethel Doke at Clarks Hill United Methodist Church; she survives.
In 1956, Marion graduated from Flora High School where he set records in the 440 yard dash and received the Honor Award. He attended Manchester College. In the 1950s; he served papers for his uncle, Paul Riggle, Justice of the Peace Court in Flora. For six years, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a staff sergeant.
Marion farmed, operated a home milk delivery route and was past marshal of Sheridan. In 1991, he retired from Eli Lilly after 27 years as a security sergeant, fire chief and locksmith. Marion owned Riggle Guns and Ammo. After retiring from Lilly, Marion became Special Deputy Sheriff for Carroll County for 18 years. He implemented the K-9 Division for Sheriff Lee Hoard, using his own K-9, Beckie, as their first. Marion also worked with Red, Annie, and Udy. In 1995, Marion and Beckie earned the Sheriff's Office Merit Award. Marion was instructor at K-9 Seminars across several states; loving to teach, he instructed programs on tracking and problem solving. He also served as a special police K-9 officer for Delphi and reserve K-9 officer for Flora.
Marion enjoyed target shooting, mushroom hunting, and watching wildlife. He was a member of the former Mt. Olivet Methodist Church, NRA and several law enforcement organizations and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge.
In addition to his wife, Marion is survived by his son, David A. (Susan) Riggle of Kentucky; daughter, Dr. Ellen D. Riggle of Kentucky; special daughter, Antonia Comer of Kentucky; one granddaughter, Kristin; one great-grandchild, Austin; three nieces, Amy McCormick, Renae McCormick and Jennifer Riggle; and a nephew, Scott Riggle.
Marion was preceded in death by his parents, brother Chester and grandson Brett.
A funeral service honoring Marion will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Genda Funeral Home Reinke Chapel in Flora with Pastor Ed Selvidge officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Lawn Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Carroll County K-9 Unit.
Online condolences to www.gendafuneralhome.com.
Published on August 29, 2017
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