Daryl L. Wigle, 79

AUG. 9, 1932-FEB. 6, 2012

February 08, 2012
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Daryl Lee Wigle, 79, formerly of Hagerstown, Gaithersburg, Md., and Melbourne Beach, Fla., passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at his home in Braddock Heights, Md.

Daryl was born on Guam, Aug. 9, 1932, to Lt. Cmdr. Daryl W. Wigle and his wife, Iva Elizabeth. Daryl’s early years were spent in Shanghai where his brother, Gordon Wigle, was born. They lived in Shanghai until the Japanese invasion and were evacuated to Bainbridge Island, Wash.

The family then relocated to Gaithersburg, where Daryl attended high school and met his future wife, Nancy Demory. 

Daryl and Nancy were married Oct. 10, 1951, at Grace United Methodist Church and remained in Gaithersburg to raise their three sons, Brad, Jeff and Greg.  Family was very important to Daryl. He designed a dream house for his family and built it on Brink Road in Goshen Estates. There, he raised his family and provided all the things necessary to encourage the growth and interests of his children. A Gaithersburg Gazette article featuring “The Wigle's Miniature Zoo” highlighted the family's menagerie collected by his son, Brad.


Daryl made friends wherever he went. He worked as a planner and branch chief at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and formed friendships that lasted throughout his life. He continued to work for the government at the NIH until he retired in the early 1990s.  He also operated Char-Nan camper sales on Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg with his partners, Robert Miliron and Bob VanGilder, his brother-in-law, who always assured that the family had great seats for Gaithersburg’s Labor Day Parade.

As their children grew older and more independent, he and his wife also ran a successful Amway business for many years.

Daryl and Nancy enjoyed traveling, camping every year as a young couple with a growing family and driving across the country many times in their motorhome. After retiring, they moved to Hagerstown and split their time between there and Florida. Daryl spent his last year in Braddock Heights to be closer to his family.  

Daryl is survived by his sons, Jeffrey S. Wigle Sr. and wife, Angela Marie, of Gaithersburg, and Gregory C.A. Wigle, of Braddock Heights; grandchildren, Tenni Wigle, of Frederick, Md., Regina (Wigle) Brown, of Germantown, Md., J. Scott Wigle Jr. and wife, Megan, of Gaithersburg, and Rita (Wigle) Guevera and husband, David, of Manchester, N.H. Also surviving are his three beloved great-grandchildren, Alexis, Julia and Jacob Brown. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Nancy Wigle; his son, M. Bradley Wigle; and his granddaughter, Domini Marissa Wigle.

Daryl’s family wishes to offer special thanks to Hospice of Frederick County for its help during his illness and to Russell C. Dodgion for his assistance and companionship.

The family will receive friends and well-wishers at the Muriel Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville, Md., Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. and at Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at 10 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow the service at the Lovettesville Union Cemetery in Lovettesville, Va.

The family requests that any memorial gifts be made in Daryl’s name to Hospice of Frederick County, which was so helpful to the family during his illness.

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