Muriel N. “Jim” Carriger, 80, of Jackson Mo., formerly of Alton, Mo., and St. Jacob, died on Dec. 29, 2015 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 11a.m. at Clary’s Funeral Home in Alton, Mo. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service. Burial will be at the Cave Springs Cemetery.
He was born on Sept. 9, 1935 in Alsey, Ill., to Leon and Lillian (McGuire) Carriger. On June 24, 1961, he married Wanda Sue Combs in Alton, Mo. She survives in Jackson, Mo.
Mr. Carriger attended school in Alsey, Ill. In 1952, he joined the United States Army and served a three-year term as a paratrooper. He retired from Dial Corp. in 1997 after 33 years of dedicated service.
After retirement, he enjoyed fishing and hunting mushrooms. He enjoyed spending time at the Alton Senior Citizens Center, shooting pool and playing the card game “pitch.” He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and was quick to pay $5 for straight A’s and home runs.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church Alsey, Ill., Free Will Baptist Church in Alton, Mo., and Wesley United Methodist in Fruitland, Mo.
He was a founding member of the Triad High School booster club. He was a former member of the St. Jacob Lions Club and a volunteer baseball coach for the St. Jacob Khoury League for many years.
Along with his wife of 54 years, he is survived by his daughter, Sudena (Jim) Lambert of Jackson, Mo.; a son, Bill (Kris) Carriger of Highland; a brother, Earl “Keith” Carriger of Quincy Ill.; and a sister-in-law, Alice Carriger of Rantoul, Ill. He is also survived by grandchildren, Shelby (William Downey) Lambert, Tanner Lambert, Mitch Carriger and Trent Carriger; and great-grandsons, Brayden and Seth Downey; as well as one niece and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, W.B. and Dollie Combs; step-mother, Eva Carriger; and a brother Lawrence “Richard” Carriger and his wife, Jackie.