Date of Death: November 21, 2022
Visitation will be held Friday, November 25, 2022 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 645 S. Douglas Ave., Three Rivers, with Fr. R. Mathias as celebrant. Interment of cremains will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Beryl E. Rigel, 84, of Three Rivers, died peacefully at home on November 21, 2022. He was born January 14, 1938 in Dundee, the son of Merl E. and Aura (Lerch) Rigel. He graduated from Dundee High School lettering in football and the high school band. He was also active in scouting, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout – the highest rank in the Boy Scouts. He was a proud graduate of The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy as president of the Pharmacy class of 1960 and achieved an Emeritus degree in Pharmacy in June of 2010. He worked as a pharmacist with the Quarry, Inc. in Ann Arbor. He moved to Three Rivers with his wife Frances and daughter Kathryn, where he purchased and operated Sun Cut-Rate Drugs, later renamed Rigel Pharmacy, Inc., until 1992. He then worked as a pharmacist with Rite-Aid, Fred’s Pharmacy, and Medical Center Pharmacy after selling his business.
He was a devout Catholic and an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Beryl was a third degree, life member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus council 4141. He was a lector and usher for many years and volunteered in many capacities – his favorites being donut crew, making pancakes at the KofC pancake fundraisers. He served as a member of the Three Rivers City Commission for seven years and was instrumental in moving the Three Rivers Public Library to the location on Michigan Ave. He was also a member of the Jaycees, BPOE #1248, Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, Three Rivers Health Advisory Board, American Pharmaceutical Association, and a 50-year member of the Michigan Pharmaceutical Association. He also served as a director of The First National Bank for more than 30 years, acting as Chairman of the Board for ten years.
In 1960 he married Frances Vergho at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Monroe. He enjoyed being with his family, especially his six grandchildren. He was a true Go Blue Wolverine sports fan. He enjoyed golfing, playing Bridge, and fishing on Corey Lake. He tended to bluebirds, helping to repopulate and protect the species.
He is survived by his loving wife Frances of over 62 years. He was extremely proud of his four daughters, Kathryn (Steven Davis) Rigel of Three Rivers, Christine (Phillip) Riedy of Livonia, Susan (Theodore) Tucker of Brighton, and Jennifer Dickerson of Lake Orion; six grandchildren, Kevin (Samantha) Riedy, Brian Riedy, Julie Riedy, Andrew Tucker, John Henry Dickerson IV, and Elizabeth Dickerson. Also survived by three nieces and their families. Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Darlene and her husband Charles Greer; special cousin, Viola Clark; in-laws, Robert and Marion Vergho.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Three Rivers Promise or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Envelopes are available at and may be sent to the funeral home.
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Mr. Rigel was a man of great character. He will surely be missed this side of heaven. My sympathies to Mrs. Rigel and all of the Rigel family.
We are so very saddened to hear about Bud. An occasional get together at Schuler’s for lunch whenever we visited family in Michigan was always something we cherished. Please accept our sincere condolences, and know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Bud truly will be missed by his family, friends, and acquaintances. He was a good man, and he was loved.
Thank you Diane and Charles.
To Sue and the Rigel Family. Our sincere condolences for your father’s passing. We never met him but through your stories, Sue, he seemed to have had a full , active life. I know he will be missed by many.
Thank you Naomi and Steve!
A very kind & gentle man has entered heavens gates. We are saddened for his family & our community. . But because if his deep Faith, countless good deeds & awesome example to so many, we know he is now in the comfort of Our Lords arms. May peace come quickly to the Rigel family & all who knew him.
To Jenny, Chris &. Sue, Katie, Fran, sending our love and sympathy. Treasure the many memories you made together. God has wrapped His arms around another angel❤️
Our sincere condolences Fran, the Rigel family and all Beryl’s friends. He was respected and highly thought of in the Three Rivers Community. Thank you, Beryl, for making Three Rivers a better place to live in. Rest in Peace my friend.
Judy Gilchrist-Mohney and John Mohney of Stayton, OR
Our sincere sympathy to the Rigel family! Our thoughts and prayers to all. You all are a beautiful family! May you rest in peace Beryl. 🙏
I always had the greatest respect for Mr. Rigel. Always so kind and raised a beautiful family. The Bippus Family sends sincere sympathies to all the family.
So sorry for your loss.
To Fran and family,
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Beryl. He was kind soft spoken man. Oak Avenue and Corey Lake will miss him dearly.
Beryl will be missed by many but especially his family. May you “good” memories bring you peace as you grieve your loss.🙏🙏🙏
Prayers to the Rigel Family. May God wrap his loving arms around each one of you in this time for sorrow. May Beryl rest in peace.
So very sorry for your loss and pain. Prayers for all.
So very sorry for you loss. Prayers for you and your family🙏
Praying for your whole family- so sorry for your loss.
Prayers for you and your family, Fran. We were grateful to have you and Bud as friends when we lived in Three Rivers. May you feel God’s strength and peace as you go through these most difficult days.
Our deepest sympathy to you Fran and your loving family. Beryl was a kind and special man and will be missed.
Jenny and family I’m so sorry to hear about your dad he was a good man I have fond memories of Rigel Pharmacy going in there w Jenny to get candy on several occasions fun times! Prayers to the family 🙏🏼
Fran and girls, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Beryl was such a nice guy and I always enjoyed seeing him. Love and prayers for your family. Nancy Sult
Beryl was a wonderful guy, I loved Riegel pharmacy and also he was a super pharmacist I got to work with him for a while.
I will miss you beryl. Prayers to the family.
Served with pearl has an older boy all the way through my senior year in high school that saying Irene’s Church in Dundee Michigan so sorry . Had many great memories. Rest in peace Beryl
I will always have fond memories of Mr. Rigel. He was a close neighbor to us in third ward and an even closer neighbor to my father’s store downtown. Poor guy had to put up with me more than anyone should but he was always kind, even when I would ask almost every day…”Are my pictures in yet?”. My sincerest condolences to the Rigel family. May he Rest in Peace.
Sending love and prayers for all of the Rigel family. Julie & Allen Beal
We really enjoyed our time we spent together at the Three Rivers Civil War Roundtable group. Deb and I express our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Leonard and Deb Shippy
To Fran, and all your girls..We are SO sorry for your lost. We will certainly miss our bridge partner. Beryl was one of the “good guys in this world”—-so kind, soft spoken, and helpful. I will miss him greatly.
To Chris, Sue and the whole Rigel family – my sincere condolences.