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Joel (Joe) Monroe Wigley Jr.


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A Celebration of Life service for Joe Wigley will be held at Gateway Church International at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Joe Wigley passed from our midst to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Joe was born on February 2, 1944, in Carrizozo, New Mexico. He was the fourth of five children born to Joe Wigley, Sr. and Loraine Caudle Wigley of Capitan, New Mexico. Joe attended elementary school in Capitan. His parents moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico when Joe was in the 3rd grade. Joe was always proud that he had the distinction of getting to hold and help take care of the original Smokey Bear found in the mountains near Capitan.

Joe graduated from Alamogordo High School and received a BA from NMSU in Business Administration in 1970. Immediately after graduation he took a job with Texaco working as a landman. He worked in the oil business a total of 37 years and 12 years in Real Estate. He worked with so many wonderful people throughout those years and mentored several young men and women in land work. He attended Gateway Church International for 39 years and served as an elder. His idea of a great day was how many people he got to see and love on! He made it his aim to arrive at church early so he could greet as many people at the door as possible. (Ps 84:10b- I would rather be a door keeper in the house of my God…) He was a generous man and was always looking for opportunities to help someone. He took countless people into his home over the years. Some he brought in for a few hours, and some for days, weeks or months. He loved to have fun. He played volleyball with his buddies three times a week for 22 years. He had a small boat and canvas camper on the back of his pickup in college and maintained that love of camping and boating for the next 40 years. Oh, the stories he and his family could tell of their camping and boating adventures. He was a wonderful family man and always loved “hanging out” with his children and grandchildren. As long as he was able, he was at every sporting event, dance recital, party, or gathering that his children or grandchildren participated in.

Joe is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Shelley and husband, Scott Bruns; son, Shaun Wigley and wife, Dawn; eight grandchildren, Tucker Bruns and wife, Samantha; Cheyenne Bruns and Justin Bruns; Caleb Wigley, Hayden Wigley, Ethaniel Wigley, Kallie Wigley and Amariah Wigley; one sister, Janet Eldridge, and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe had three deceased siblings: Billie Jo Albro and husband, Lloyd, Peggy Wilson and husband, Bill, and brother, Monroe who died as an infant. The Wigley and Cox family were joined as one when Sam Cox married Joe’s mother, Loraine Wigley, after the passing of Joe Wigley Sr. Survivors from that beautiful union that the Wigley family still enjoys today are Dick Cox and his wife, Donna and David Cox and his wife Katrinka. Joe was dearly loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed! In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to a living memorial for Joe Wigley at Gateway Church International that will include a shade covering and two prayer benches looking toward the east with a view of the cross in front of Gateway.

Joe’s obituary was written in his honor by his loving family.

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