Robert Gene Wigley Jr.
November 3rd, 1967 - November 14th, 2021
Robert was born to Darlene (Csakany) and Robert "Bobby" Wigley in San Diego CA. In April of 1976,
single mother Darlene moved her children Roberta and Robert Jr. to San Lorenzo in the Bay Area,
where both children played soccer and little league. In soccer, Robert played front line and Roberta was
the goalie. In little league Robert was always the catcher, and taught Roberta how to hit the balls- in fact,
Robert taught Roberta to hit baseballs so well that at the end of a game with a full strike count and bases
loaded, on her first attempt Roberta hit a grand slam to win the game. Needless to say, Robert and
Roberta had a very close relationship and had no fear of game balls.
Around 1984, the little family moved from from the Bay Area and lived in several places including
Houston, Texas and Artesia, New Mexico.
Sadly, on January 3rd 1986 Roberta Lynn suddenly lost her life in an automible accident, and Robert
was deeply affected by the sudden loss of his sister. Robert and Darlene supported each other in their
loss. In April of 1987 Bobby returned to his family. In August of 1987 Darlene, Robert and Bobby moved
to Las Vegas, Nevada where they stayed until 1991.
On August 17, 1991 it was 117 degrees out in Las Vegas and Darlene and Robert packed their
motorcyle and loaded a U-haul and moved back to San Diego, where they agreed that they would live
out their days. When they arrived in San Diego, they lived in North Park, Spring Valley, and Ocean
Beach. In 2002, Darlene and Bobby purchased an RV and the three of them traveled to Maine, Florida
and back to San Diego via the South route. In 2004, Robert coached North Park Little League Bulldogs
and they made it to 2nd place. In 2008, the family home was purchased in Lemon Grove where Robert
passed away peacefully with his mother by his side singing "You Are My Sunshine" to him.
During his life, Robert struggled with the demons of addiction. Robert came to understand that he
needed to get clean and so he took action and went to rehab. While Robert was in rehab, he was asked
how he would like to be remembered; this is what Robert wrote:
"That I was a loving, caring friend; help my family and friends when they call on me. That I was a
good baseball coach. I was a good worker, and people loved when I working with them. Call on me when
they need help and that I was there for them, and that I was a good team player"
Robert had an infectious laugh, and had a cheerful sense of humor that could light up a room. Robert
earned his GED, and earned his certificate as a Cook. He had a passion to help the homeless, and tried
to improve his own lifestyle into a healthier one. Robert worked for many years as a bell ringer for The
Salvation Army. Robert also enjoyed picking up trash when he was out shopping, which often resulted in
strangers thanking him for caring or even giving him money for his efforts. Robert loved his mother
Darlene dearly, he loved the same classic rock music as his mother; they both they made a great team.
Robert spent a lot of time with Darlene up until his passing; Robert was Darlene's sunshine. Darlene
dedicated her life to her children, and takes comfort that Robert and Roberta are reunited again in
Fear Not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want
He Maketh me lie down in green pastures
Amazing Grace - for Robert and Roberta