Arthur “Cigar” Riendeau, 88, was reunited with the love of his life, his late wife, Laotha Westberry Riendeau, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2022.
A resident of Wayne County for more than sixty-five years, Cigar was born on July 4, 1933 in Saxons River, Vermont to the late George and Hazel Flanders Riendeau. He started driving trucks at the age of twelve and was later drafted into the United States Army where he served his country for several years in various duty stations including Fort Stewart as a truck driver. After his military service, Cigar went back to driving trucks where he logged millions of miles before his retirement after nearly seventy years of operating. His outgoing personality made him well known all over the country and he could tell you how to get just about anywhere. In his spare time, Cigar enjoyed fishing but mostly spending time with the ones he loved and drinking a few cold beers. In addition to his parents and wife, his son, James Robert “Robbie” Riendeau; his daughter, Teresa Burks and his siblings, Betty, Patty Ann, Tickie, Joe, Sonny, Freddy and Larry all preceded him in death.
Survivors include his sons, Terry Riendeau and wife, Marsha of Odum and Ricky Riendeau and fiancé, Melonie of Jesup and siblings, Gordon “Yank” Riendeau and wife, Irene of Screven as well as Donald, Florence, Lucy and Sandra. A host of grandchildren, step grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members also survive.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Private interment services will be held at a later date in the Georgia Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Glennville with military honors.
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