Earl Kenneth Rigler, Sr.

August 29, 1926 - February 25, 2016 Landenberg, PA | Age 89 Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

Earl Kenneth Rigler, Sr., 89, passed February 25, 2016, at his home in Landenberg, Pennsylvania surrounded by his beloved wife and family.
Earl was born on August 29, 1926, in Landenberg. He was the son of William and Lydia Crossan Rigler. He attended Kennett Consolidated School District, and served in the U.S. Army with deployment to the European theater during World War II.
In 1949, he was married to Alma Hendrickson, also of Landenberg. He worked at the E.I. DuPont Experimental Station until his retirement in 1992 following 40 years of service.
He played baseball throughout his youth, including for Kennett High School; he had a .461 batting average in 1943. He continued playing baseball during his time in the Army where he played catcher for the 47th Infantry Raiders. Earl was honorably discharged from the service in 1946 with the rank of Sergeant. In 2007, Earl was inducted into the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame. Earl was an avid sports fan; he especially enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. Earl also was a skilled craftsman. He built the Chester County fieldstone home that he and Alma shared for the past 52 years, and enjoyed restoring antique furniture, doing metalwork, and growing and sharing vegetables with his neighbors.
Earl is survived by his wife of 67 years, Alma; his son and daughter-in-law, Earl Jr. and Linda Rigler; two sisters, Helen Oliveri and Margaret Lore; eight grandchildren, Jess, Alicia, Monica, Melissa, Todd, Bill, Gina, and Tyler, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael, and two brothers and three sisters.
You are invited to visit with Earl’s family and friends from 10 to 11AM Saturday March 5, 2016 at Landenberg United Methodist Church, 205 Penn Green Rd, Landenberg, PA 19350. His memorial service will follow at 11AM at the Church. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in Earl’s memory may be made to the Church at the aforementioned address. Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. of Kennett Square (610-444-4116). To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com.

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Landenberg United Methodist Church

205 Penn Green Rd, Landenberg, PA 19350



March 5, 2016 10-11AM Landenberg United Methodist Church
205 Penn Green Rd
Landenberg, PA 19350

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March 5, 2016 11AM Landenberg United Methodist Church
205 Penn Green Rd
Landenberg, PA 19350


  1. Earl and family, sorry for your loss.

    Carol Marvel | March 9, 2016 at 9:08 AM
  2. Earl and Family,
    Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | March 5, 2016 at 9:23 AM
  3. Alma & Earl
    We’re sorry to hear of Earl’s passing and send our condolences. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jim & Sharon Angelucci

    Jim Angelucci | March 5, 2016 at 8:49 AM
  4. Our deepest sympathies to the family for your loss . Earl Jr. And Alma .
    Love Michael Hopkins family

    Michael l hopkins | March 1, 2016 at 9:00 PM
  5. Worked with Earl at Duoonts.Played horseshoes with him at lunch break.A beautiful human being.Tommy Smith RIP Earl.

    Tommy Smith | February 29, 2016 at 2:14 PM
  6. Our warmest and most sincere condolences to Alma, Earl Jr. and extended family. My Parents always spoke fondly of Alma and Earl.
    I have always been an admirer and friend of Earl JR. May you all find comfort and peace in the memories.

    Joe and Susan Donohoe | February 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM
  7. Dear Earl, so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Elaine Fiore

    Elaine Fiore | February 29, 2016 at 8:04 AM
  8. Our sincere sympathy to Alma and the family. I will always remember the sports days of my youth, and Earl was always there supporting his son, Earl Jr., and our baseball and basketball teams. A quiet gentleman always, in my mind. He will be missed by all who knew him. So sorry that we will be out of town and unable to attend the service, but the family will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Tom & Marlene Brown

    Tom Brown | February 28, 2016 at 9:24 AM

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