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Visitation

Marshall-Gren Chapel
Thursday July 15th, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Graveside Service

East Cooper Cemetery
Friday July 16th, 2021
11:00am

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Arthur A. Nigg

Father and Grandfather to his family, Arthur Nigg passed away on July 10, 2021. Art was born on September 8th, 1927, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the son of Hazel Masnegetti and Arthur Fred Nigg. He was born into an era of economic hardship, during his youth the Nigg family relocated to the Kalamazoo Valley near Plainwell Michigan to start a new life with his family. Here he graduated from Plainwell High School where he carried the football for the Trojans. Art served the United States, in the Pacific, as part of the naval Seabees construction battalion. Here he protected and helped create better lives for those around him; two characteristics that will define Art forever. After his naval career, he returned to his family home in Michigan to begin the next stage of his career at Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment (KVP). During this time in the early 1950’s, he met and fell in love with his soon to be wife Trudy and adopted their daughter Gayle. Arthur’s parents gifted him a portion of the family land where he built and developed the family homestead we still know to this day. In his career Art spent years learning the Commercial Printing industry until he and his business partners started Diamond Graphics Inc. Here he grew a successful business from which he would eventually retire but not before passing on the trade to his daughter, Gayle. Whether golfing, bowling, tinkering with electronics or spending time with his family - Art lived every moment with joy and confidence. He was a loyal partner in life to his wife Trudy, a loving father and grandfather, and most of all – a mentor and protector to his family. Art inspired those who knew him; he showed us the greatest examples that hard work and perseverance can overcome anything. He will forever be remembered and loved by those whose lives he changed. Art is survived by his daughter Gayle Nigg, his grandchildren Scott and wife Lisa Smith and his best friend and companion for many years, Norma St. Claire. Preceding him in death were his beloved wife Gertrude Nigg and his brother Anthony. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Marshall & Gren Chapel 120 S. Woodhams St. in Plainwell. A graveside service will take place on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at East Cooper Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to: Wings of Hope Hospice Allegan, MI or to Christian Neighbors Plainwell, MI

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My deepest sympathy to Art's family.

Wilma Kahn Jul 14 2021 9:35 PM

As I was growing up, the Nigg family and mine were very close. Art and my dad built both of their houses together. Art was like a second father to me. I am so sorry I can't make the funeral as my wife and I now live in Tennessee. I will always remember Art as a person who could do anything. We will miss him always. Mike & Cheryl Boelman

Mike Boelman Jul 14 2021 11:08 AM

Supposed to end with "Art Nigg" not Art High

Tom Kirkpatrick Jul 13 2021 11:08 PM

I worked with Art for 20 + years at Diamond Graphics, and to say it was a privilege to know him and call him a friend is an understatement. He taught me a lot, not just about printing and business, but also about living a happy life with intention. He showed by example to always embrace new ideas, learn new things, and most importantly, laugh every day; no matter how old we get. I will always smile when I remember Art High. To Gayle: It's been so many years since we've seen each other, I wish I could be there to give you my heartfelt sympathy. I hope you and Scott are able to find some measure of peace in the days ahead. You should be very proud of your father's legacy. He was a remarkable man who touched many lives in a very positive way. Tom Kirkpatrick

Tom Kirkpatrick Jul 13 2021 11:06 PM

He was always Grandpa to me. My Grandfather represented the right way to live an honorable life on this earth. From a little boy who idolized his grandfather, to the grown man I am today - I have lived every day trying to make Grandpa proud of me. We don't always take the right course in life, but my Grandfather was always there for my mother and myself to lift us back on the tracks. Arthur Nigg was so much more than a grandfather to me. He was my idol; a simple yet vastly intelligent man who never would give an inch when it mattered but would give his entire world to his family if necessary. I hope I can continue to live my life so my Grandfather can be proud, taking everything he has taught me through the years, using his wisdoms as I travel my own path. My Grandfather will never be forgotten by those he loved.

Scott Smith Jul 13 2021 2:55 PM

Sympathy and prayer's for you Gayle and family. Hold the wonderful memories and he will always be with you. Donna Osborn Ingraham

Donna Ingraham Jul 13 2021 8:02 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Family. Pam Marsh

Elizabeth Marsh Jul 12 2021 7:16 PM

I met Art when I joined Plate Craft in 1962 he was one of the finest individuals a person could ever meet and work with he helped start me in a career of Graphic arts and printing. Had many rounds of golf with him and others. My condolences to Gayle and family! Mike Keener, Scottsdale AZ

Mike Keener Jul 12 2021 3:16 PM