Senator Robert R. Rigler View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 2/27/2013
Birth Place: Great Falls, MT
Birth Country: USA
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 56 (1955) - 63 (1969)
Home County: Chickasaw
Robert R. Rigler
Chickasaw County


Robert Rigler was born on January 5, 1923, in Great Falls, Montana, to John P. and Ferne Barr Rigler. He passed away on February 27, 2013, at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia; four children, Nancy, and her husband, Pat; Jane, and her husband, John; John, and his wife, Cheryl; and Robert, and his wife, Maeve; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Rigler moved to New Hampton, Iowa, with his parents in 1931. He graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Commerce, in 1943, and the University of Wisconsin, School of Banking, in 1952. After his graduation from the University of Iowa, he served in Calcutta, India, as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He married Virginia Es’Dorn of Charleston, South Carolina, on November 15, 1947. Rigler began his banking career at Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago, Illinois. He moved back to New Hampton, Iowa, in 1947 to work as an assistant cashier at Security State Bank, founded by his father in 1937. He went on to become the president/CEO of Security State Bank and was the chairman of the board for eighteen years.

Elected in 1955 to the Iowa Senate, he was the Republican floor leader from 1963–1969, during the 60th, 61st, and 62nd General Assemblies.

He served as chairman of the Iowa Highway Commission, the Transportation Commission, the Rigler Investment Company, and the State Bank and Trust Company. He was the Superintendent of Banking for the State of Iowa and president of the Iowa Federation of County Bankers Association. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, the Rotary Club, the Order of the Shrine, the New Hampton Golf and Country Club, and the Congregational Church.

Rigler was a Chickasaw County Republican. He served in the Iowa Senate from 1955–1971 during the 56th, 57th, 58th, 59th, 60th, 61st, 62nd, and 63rd General Assemblies.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE EIGHTY-FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Robert Rigler, the State has lost an honored citizen and faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate by this resolution expresses its appreciation of his service to the State and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased