John ‘Denny’ Wiggins
FREDERICKTOWN — John Dennis “Denny” Wiggins, 67, of East Second Street, Fredericktown, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 26, 2008, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born April 19, 1941, in Mount Vernon, a son of the late John R. and Dorothy H. (Wells) Wiggins. Denny was a member of the Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church, where he had taught Sunday school. He served in the Navy on the USS Essex Aircraft Carrier during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In high school, he played on the 1958 undefeated Fredericktown football team and was selected All Mohican. He enjoyed watching his children’s sporting events. Denny was known for his bicycle ministry. He refurbished 41 old bicycles and gave them away to kids in the local neighborhood. His last request was that his family gather at his church on Saturday morning and have his pastor explain the book of Revelation, and give them the opportunity to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Surviving are Denny’s sons, Sean Smith and Christopher Wiggins, both of Columbus, and Brock Wiggins of Fredericktown; daughters, Tika (Terry) Tyree of Westerville and Eliza Wiggins of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Tia and Terry Tyree; sisters, Bonnie (John) Corba of Fredericktown, Tami (Mark) Ruhl of Mount Gilead, Debra (David) Perrine of Newark and Carol Ann (Mark) Dennis of Delaware; and brothers, Dave Wiggins of Clearwater, Fla., and Brad (Marcia) Wiggins of Mount Vernon.
Besides his parents, Denny was preceded in death by his niece, Stephanie (Wade) Donaldson.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church, 17 S. Main St., where the funeral will be held Thursday, July 31, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael W. Smith officiating. Inurnment will be in Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown, with military graveside services provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.
The family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Mr. Wiggins.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.