Obituary of Richard Riggs
Richard “Dick” Riggs, 77, passed away December 5, 2018 in Olympia, Washington. He was born September 3, 1941 in Everett, Washington to Harold Riggs and Evelyn Mae Wikloff, and was raised by grandparents, George and Nellie Riggs. He lived in Lacey, Washington for the past 30 years.
Dick graduated from Olympia High School and Centralia College. He married Joanne Toussaint in Edmonston, New Brunswick in 1963. They had 3 daughters and divorced in 1970.
Dick served in the U.S. Air Force and achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. Professionally, he was a U.S. Postmaster in Centralia, Washington.
Dick spoke his mind, had a sarcastic sense of humor, and gave great bear hugs. He will be remembered for saying, “Where ya going, what are ya gonna do, when ya coming back?”
He was an avid golfer and spent most days at Capital City Golf Course. He also loved skeet shooting and spending time with his family. He was a very talented singer and guitar player who performed at many local clubs. He once toured with Jerry Lee Lewis and appeared on “Hee Haw” with good friend Don Ulrich.
Dick is survived by daughter, Cindy (Mike) Vandiver, and their children, Zach (Tawnya) Vandiver, and Garrett Vandiver; daughter, Michelle Riggs (Rob Gauthier) and their children, Jessica Simon and Jacob Gauthier; daughter Kristina (Matt) Ross and their children, Melody (Dino) Montilla, Daniel Ross (Rafael Cortez), and David Ross; and great grandson, Elijah Montilla. He was predeceased by his parents; and grandparents, George Riggs, and Nellie Mae (Tubbs) Riggs.
A private family celebration of life will take place at the end of the month.
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