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Sylvester Leon Rigney

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Sylvester Leon Rigney, 86, of Shawnee, passed away Jan. 14, 2020.

He was born May 25, 1933, in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma to Levert and Francess Rigney.

Sylvester was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Syl owned a machine shop until his retirement and mastered anything mechanical, including engines, cannons and firearms. His passions included working with his hands, traveling, gardening and playing cards.

Sylvester proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Those who cherish his memory are sons: Dr. Michael and wife Michelle, Mark, Stephen and wife Phyllis, Philip, and Lloyd and wife Cindy; grandchildren: Manny Smallwood, Wayne Manley, Megan Bradford, Heather McElfresh, Shawna Selby, Amanda Rigney, Sean Rigney, Nichole Boise, Christopher Rigney and Alex Rigney; 23 great-grandchildren; siblings: Bill Rigney and wife Beth, Bertha Hawkins, Sheila Albers and husband Burt, and Shirley Sumner and husband Andy.

Sylvester was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Denise Rigney; parents; brothers: June and Chris Rigney and wife Donna; brother-in-law, Tommy Hawkins; and granddaughter, Catherine Rigney.

A wake will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, at Resthaven Funeral Home; prayer service at 6 p.m. A Christian mass begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18 at St. Benedicts Catholic Church. A burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

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