Wigton, 87, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away on
May 20, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Hospice at
He was born September 3, 1931 in Butler,
Pennsylvania to the late Frank T. Wigton Sr. and the
late Helen McKelvey Wigton.
He was a graduate of Butler High School in 1950. Jim
attended Clarion State University. He later
graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a
masters degree in Social Work.Jim retired from the
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as the Deputy
Superintendent of the State Correctional Institution
(Western Penitentiary) in Pittsburgh.After his
retirement he worked part-time at the Irene Stacy
Community Mental Health Center in the Emergency
Services department until 2000. Jim was a
Presbyterian and served in the army during the
Korean War.He volunteered as a Deputy Wildlife
Conservation Officer for the Pennsylvania Game
Commission for 20 years.He was a life member of the
Butler County Law Enforcement Officers Association.
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 249, The American
Legion Post 0945 of Cabot, PA, the N.R.A. and the
Pennsylvania Prison Wardens Association.Jim enjoyed
hunting, gardening and his camp on the Allegheny
River in Warren County.
James is survived by his two sons, Richard Wigton of
Mechanicsburg, PA, Timothy Wigton of Butler, PA; two
grandchildren, Timothy Wigton, Jr., and Nicole
Wigton; one great-grandchild, Kaylee Wigton; one
sister-in-law, Barbara Wigton of Butler, PA.;
several nephews and nieces.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death
by his wife, Joyce Smith Wigton, who he married on
June 9, 1956 and who passed away on January 13,
2019; three brothers, Dr. F.T. Wigton, and both R.
William Wigton and Richard M. Wigton were killed in
Europe during WWII.
Friends will be received Thursday, May 23, 2019 from
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Thompson
- Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 24,
2019 at 1:00 p.m.at the Thompson - Miller Funeral
Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA 16001,
with Reverend Gordon Powell, officiating.
Private burial will take place in the Butler County
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer
Society, 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205.