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Richard G. "Rick" Wigginton

Thursday, June 25th, 1959 - Saturday, June 13th, 2020
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Richard (Rick) Gene Wigginton passed on June 13, 2020 in his home in Mosier, Oregon. He was 60 years old at the time of his death.

Rick was born on June 25, 1959 in Alameda, California. His parents were Buel Gene Wigginton and June Hinson. He grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and graduated from Beaverton High School in 1977.

Rick joined the Navy October 20, 1981. He was an Electronic Equipment Repairman and spent most of his time on Navy ships. He traveled to the Far East and shared lots of great stories.

Rick became be a chef in Yakima, WA. His first job was at the Red Lion Hotel where he was the head chef for 3 years. He then got a job as a chef on the ship for Triton Seafood Company. This ship would go into the Gulf of Alaska for crabbing and fishing for 3 or more months at a time. Rick always made sure the crew was happy and full of all of the amazing food he made. This was one of his favorite jobs and he loved telling stories about that experience. Rick also worked as a chef for Power House Grill in Yakima, Washington, Full Sail and Providence Hospital in Hood River, Oregon.

He loved going on vacations. Some of his favorite spots were along the Oregon Coast, Las Vegas, Victoria Canada, along with many others. Rick and Michael made a point of visiting every lighthouse in Oregon from Astoria to Brookings.

If you knew Rick, you know you would always find him in the kitchen or on the barbecue making something delicious for too many people. He loved cooking for his friends or anyone who wanted to try his amazing food. If Rick wasn’t cooking he was watching sports on the TV. He loved football, hockey, and NASCAR.

Rick is survived by his friends; Michael Young, Tom and Kayla Oswald, Ed Young, Marilynn Zade; children Charity Ann DaCorsi and Richard Gene Wigginton Jr.; mother Shirlee Allison; sisters Georgia Balsley-Hargett, Lenora (Nonnie) Snyder and Lori Monroe; grandchildren Quentin DaCorsi, Kadence & Teagan Wigginton; several nieces and nephews and many others who were dear to his heart.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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    Friday, July 10th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, July 10th, 2020 1:00pm
    Mt. View Cemetery
    1235 Tucker Rd
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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  • Interment

    Mt. View Cemetery
    1235 Tucker Rd
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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Lorrie Gonzalez

Posted at 11:48am
We worked together and you brought me so much laughter, and in such a short time you became a very dear friend to me. I miss you already 😔 Rest In Peace Rick❣️

Lenora Snyder Posted at 05:11pm

Mike, I am so very sorry for your loss, and I would like to Thank you for being such a good friend to my brother, that I never got to know. Rick, Mom had a picture of you as a baby, about 18 months old. That is the only picture me and my sisters had of our big brother. I have been trying to find you the last couple of years, when I found out what your adopted name was. I was able to find your son and daughter, but I still kept looking for you. I am so very sorry I didn't find you sooner, I would have loved to have gotten to know you. I meet yup with you someday. Love your sister Nonnie

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