According to an obituary from the Pidgeon family, Barry Pidgeon passed away peacefully on August 24, 2019 at the age of 84 in Dallas, Texas. Barry was born in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from The University of Texas in 1957, returning to Des Moines to take the helm of the family business, Pidgeon’s Furniture & Appliances and served as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Barry was an accomplished and deeply respected business leader and served his communities with great zeal. In business, he served as President of the Retail Merchants Bureau, President of the Better Business Bureau and Credit Bureau (Des Moines), and as a Chamber of Commerce leader. Barry also served on the Board of Star Companies, the business he helped found in 1995, until he was hospitalized in April.
Barry was a patron of the arts, and enjoyed golf, classic cars and was an avid coin, pen, and watch collector, all of which he took huge pleasure doling out to his children and grandchildren. Above all, he enjoyed traveling with friends and family. Annual trips with the Pidgeon “flock” were the highlight of his year, and he planned each one to perfection.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Zona; his sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren.
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