Gene E. Piggott, 81, passed away 1:26 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at Alton Memorial Hospital.Born in Wood River on June 19, 1932, he was the son of Charles S. and Pearl (Penning) Piggott.A Korean War army veteran, he was in the glass business in Wood River from 1955-62, then worked as a machinist for Boeing 33 years until he retired in 1995.Gene enjoyed spending time with family and doing home projects at both his home and that of his family. He loved to swim and travel.On March 11, 1955 in Alton, he married the former Janette Brown. She survives.Surviving also are a son, Michel (Mary) Piggott of Bethalto; daughter, Barbara (Michael) Krabbe of East Alton; eight grandchildren, Kimberly (Jim) Wilkinson, Stacy (Kirk) Prather, Kelle Brown, Adam Piggott, Erik Piggott, Jeffrey Krabbe, Randy Krabbe, Eddie Vatole; four great grandchildren, Jerra and William Brown, Jacob and Savannah Wilkinson; seven step-great grandchildren, Noah and Dakota Prather, David, Rickey, Alex and Kayla Wilkenson, A.J. Vatole; Sister, Charlotte (George) Goforth of Godfrey, brother-in-law, Paul Goforth; sister-in-law, Judith Goforth of New Haven, IL.Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, David Edwin Piggott; brother, Robert Piggott; sister, Ruth Ellen and husband, Richard Homer Mathus; and step-mother, Gladys Piggott.In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated.A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7 at Marks Mortuary in Wood River.Interment will be in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto at a later date.
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