Glenn Rygg, 73, died June 1, 2018, with his sons by his side in Devils Lake, ND.
Glenn Rygg, 73, died June 1, 2018, with his sons by his side in Devils Lake, ND. To celebrate Glenn’s life, there will be a gathering of family and friends on June 16 in Devils Lake at Roosevelt Park starting at 2 p.m. The celebration will include music, sharing stories and memories of Glenn. All are welcome. Glenn was born on August 8, 1944, to Conrad and Helen (Aasen) Rygg in Clifford, ND. Glenn started his music teaching career in Fessenden, ND, in 1966. In 1975, he moved his family to Rugby, ND, and taught music until 1981. After a two year hiatus in Texas, he moved to Rolla, ND, to again teach music in 1983. In 1987, he made his final career move to Devils Lake. For 29 years, Glenn directed the Devils Lake Community Elks Band. His teaching career ended a few months prior to his planned retirement when in Jan. of 2007 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. No, ‘2007’ is not a typo, and this obituary is not 11 years old. He was cleared of cancer in May of 2007. In April of 2009, his doctors told him not to come back because the cancer was gone and wasn’t coming back. Glenn went by many names: dad, brother, uncle, grandpa, Mr. Rygg, Elvis. He wore many hats: father, teacher, mentor, life coach, ambassador and comedian. He was always willing to help a friend or a stranger, and always had a smile to greet you. Glenn is survived by; his two sons, Jon Rygg and Angela Montez (San Antonio, TX) and Jason and Beth Rygg (Sioux Falls, SD); sisters, Dianne and Dan Kaldor (Conroe, TX), Esther Rygg (Bismarck, ND), and Meryl and Lloyd McKenna (Lewistown, MT); brother, Duane and Crystal Rygg (St. Paul, MN); sisters-in-law, Marlene Rygg (Colorado Springs, CO), Sue and Bruce Vanzo (Rhinelander, WI); several nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Tyler, Shanna, Kyle, Zackery and JoElle. Glenn was preceded in death by; his parents, Conrad and Helen Rygg; and brothers, Lowell Rygg and Marlan Rygg. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking to make a donation to the Glenn Rygg Memorial Music Scholarship Fund. Any condolences or memorials may be mailed to Jon Rygg, 10603 Coyote Hill, Converse, TX 78109.