Willis C. Rygg, 81, of Mesa, Ariz., died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, in Mesa.
Mr. Rygg was born May 7, 1924 in Bemidji, Minn., to Carl and Alice Rygg.
He married Cheri Cutlip, Feb. 13, 1965 in Astoria. She survives and resides in Mesa.
After serving four years in the U.S. Navy Air Corps, Mr. Rygg moved to Minneapolis and was central installer for Western Electric. In 1950, he moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he installed the telephone central office and stayed on as wire chief. He also built and operated the first interior seaplane base as a bush pilot. In 1955, he moved to Vancouver, Wash. He directed sports and live shows at television stations KPTV and KLOR in Portland.
In 1964, he moved to Astoria, where he was director of special services at Tongue Point Job Corps Center. In 1970, he worked in home construction and remodeling in Vancouver until 1990, when he retired to motor-homing with his wife, settling in Mesa. While there, he established an in-house satellite TV station and sound system for the residents of the RV resort.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Taunie Rives of Eugene and Lynn and Stan Peters of Vancouver; two sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Lisa Rygg of Astoria and Steve and Karen Rygg of Vancouver; three grandsons, Tim, Andy and Kyle Rygg, all of Astoria; one granddaughter and spouse, Cheryl and Anthony Arata of Napa, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Louis and Abby Arata of Napa; one sister-in-law, Pat Rygg of Minneapolis; and eight nieces and nephews.