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Joseph Leroy Kigar

November 28, 1935 October 15, 2018
Joseph Leroy Kigar
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Obituary for Joseph Leroy Kigar

Obituary – Joseph “Joe” Leroy Kigar

Joseph Leroy Kigar, age 82, of Leon, Iowa, the son of Josiah Allen and Mary Jackson (Harris) Kigar, was born November 28, 1935, in Edina (or Bering), Missouri. He died at Westview Acres in Leon, Iowa on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Joe grew up and attended school in both Missouri and Iowa. He then farmed and drove truck while still living in Missouri and Iowa. He married Betty Jean Anderson and was blessed with one child, Mary Lou. Betty Jean died in 1986. On May 12, 1987, he married Deborah (Greer) Blankenship Newton in Nevada, Missouri. She brought her daughters into the family. They made their home outside of Garden Grove, Iowa from 1995, until Deborah’s death in 2001. Joe stayed in the area and became a retired farmer.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wives, Jean Kigar and Deborah Kigar; and brother, John Kigar. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Lou Kigar of Casper, Wyoming; step-daughters, Heather Blankenship of Hiteman, Iowa, Wendy Shimer and husband, Kevin, of Garden Grove, and Jessica Reese Clark of Sedalia, Missouri; grandchildren, Reuben Kigar, Jonathan Blankenship, Deborah Blankenship-McClellan, Trace Blankenship-McClellan, Keisha Howsden, Travis White, and Kaylee Shimer; half-brother, Mel Tipton and wife, Shelly, of Keytesville, Missouri; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.


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