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Rev. John H. Riggall

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Macungie

Rev. John H. Riggall, 101, formerly of Macungie, died Feb. 3, 2018, in Fellowship Terrace. His first marriage of 40 years was with Marianne McKnight Riggall, who died in 1980. In 1981, he married Dorith E. Allen, who was married for 30 years to Rev. Russell T. Allen, a former Bible Fellowship pastor, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1979.

He was a graduate of Mastbaum High School, Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Biblical University. He began his ministry as a missionary in the mountains of Kentucky, under the Faith Mountain of Kentucky for four years, when the Bible Fellowship Church transferred him to a church in Philadelphia. He served for over 40 years as senior pastor in the following Bible Fellowship churches: Roxborough, for two years, Staten Island, N.Y., for four years, Nazareth, for eight years, York, for 14 years and Ephrata, for two years.

He served on many boards and committees of the Bible Fellowship Church and retired in 1982. He was a member of Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church.

He is survived by his loving wife; sons, The Rev. George Gordon and his wife Marguerita, of Fairhope, Ala.; The Rev. Daniel John and his wife Fran, of Kennebunk, Maine; daughter, Lois Fiorelli and her husband Ernest R. Erb, of West Chester; stepchildren, Rev. Dr. David T. Allen and his wife Donna, of Kutztown, Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Allen and his wife Vonnie, of Hatfield, Cheryl L. and her husband Dr. James A. Smock, of Pottstown, and Cherene and her husband Rudy Comick, of Fayetteville, N.C; 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, 1151 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown. A Celebration of Life Service will be held May 26 at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Glen Mills.

Arrangements were made by the Robert C. Weir Funeral Home, Allentown.