May 23, 1985 — Jan. 26, 2019
Thomas Wiggins passed away Jan. 26, 2019, at St. John Medical Center in Longview from a massive stroke.
Tom was born May 23, 1985, in Springfield, Ore., to Leigh (Ford) and Rod Wiggins. After living briefly in Springfield and Issaquah, Wash., Tom moved to Kelso with his family in 1989. After graduating from Kelso High School in 2003, he moved to Phoenix, Ariz., to attend a technical school. In 2004 he returned to the Kelso area where he spent the remainder of his life. Prior to his illness, he enjoyed spending time with friends, the outdoors and working on his beloved Chevy truck. He was also an avid Seahawks and UW Huskies fan.
In 2013 Tom was diagnosed with an inherited heart condition which had taken his father’s life just eight months prior. In April of 2014 he received a heart transplant at the University of Washington in Seattle. Tom had a “village” of family, friends, and medical professionals who did their best to help Tom as he dealt with continued medical challenges. His family will forever be grateful to them.
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Tom was brave, funny, genuine, loving, and loved. His friends and siblings remember him as someone who would go out of their way to help someone else, as someone who really cared about others. He was vivacious and caring. One friend said, “Tom felt things stronger than most people. He felt love so strongly, he felt joy and laughter, but he also felt pain and sadness stronger too. Even on his darkest days though, he had that smile that melts your heart.” We will all miss his wonderful spirit.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, Rod Wiggins, and grandmothers, Phyllis Anderson, and Ruby Wiggins. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Leigh and Dick Ford; a brother, Spencer Wiggins (Megan); eight stepsiblings, Judie Gillihan (Dan), Richie Ford (Amy), Cory Ford (Sara), Collyn West (Mat), Kim Mangus, Jamie Neiderhauser, Cody Anderson (Jaelyn), and Casey Anderson; his stepmother, Linda Wiggins; his grandfathers, Richard Anderson and Chuck Wiggins, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service, open to all, is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday at Rose Valley Friends Church, 1437 Rose Valley Road, in Kelso.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Donate Life Northwest in memory of Tom Wiggins at www.donatelifenw.org/.