Tom Rignell age 62 of Tracy passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Visitation is 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Private burial is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Thomas Bernard Rignell was born April 1, 1953 in Tracy, Minnesota to Paul and Betty (Carey) Rignell. He graduated from Tracy Public School in 1971 and from Southwest State College in Marshall in 1975 with a degree in physical education. On August 14, 1976 he was united in marriage to Cindy Shaw at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Together they made their home in Tracy until July 1994 when they built their own home on Lake Shetek. Tom worked as an insurance salesman most of his career. He also painted on the side. Tom coached both girl’s and boy’s basketball and spent many years officiating basketball. Tom and Cindy raised three boys and loved going to their activities in high school, college, and beyond. Tom was very active in community activities including Box Car Days Committee, Chamber of Commerce Board, Tracy Lions Club, Kiwanis, and Tracy Booster Club. He volunteered many hours all over town. Tom was an avid outdoorsman spending time with his kids hunting and fishing, and participating in sports with family members. There was no one tougher than Tom in the basketball game of “H-O-R-S-E”. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, and shaking dice with friends. Tom loved time with his family, wife, and grandchildren. He loved to smile and his laugh was distinct and infectious.
Tom is survived by his wife Cindy of 38 years; sons: Wade (Molly Zauhar) of St. Louis Park, Derek (Raftyn) of Marshall, and Taylor (Krista Van Dyk) of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren Rocco, Archer, and Quinn; his dog Daisy; siblings: Paulette (Wayne) Wojahn of Rochester and Tim (Kris) Rignell of La Crescent; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.