The Lord called Larry D. Wigden home Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the age of 62. Known by many as Pastor Larry Wigden, he served the Lord for the past 38 years at Italy Naples Baptist Church in Naples.
Born in Penn Yan to David and Norma (Switzer) Wigden, Larry spent his life closely following his Father’s lead.
Larry is survived by his mother, Norma Wigden; brothers, David (Terri) Wigden, Garry (Candace) Wigden, and Dale Wigden; sisters, Connie (Kenneth) Foster and Karen (Eugen) Baer; many nephews and nieces, as well as countless family and friends who experienced the power of God’s love through his commitment in their lives.
Larry graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1973, and went on to study at Baptist Bible College, where he graduated in 1977 with a degree in Theology. He will be remembered as a gifted preacher and teacher of the Word who fearlessly poured truth into the lives of those around him. His sense of humor brought joy even in the hardest times, and his devotion to others made him feel like family to many. On long walks, at ball games and concerts, on bus trips, at weddings and funerals, at all his usual spots in town, and on trips to new places, we all learned to love Larry and appreciate his presence in our lives. We can be certain that the first words he heard the Lord say as he entered heaven are, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
There will be a Memorial Service held to celebrate both Larry’s life on earth and his blessed assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ starting at 2 p.m. June 23 at the Parrish Hill Barn, 5325 State Route 245, Naples, N.Y. 14512. All are invited; call 585- 519-3572 for more information.