Robert “Bud” Riggs, 71, a long-time Halfway resident, died May 8, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a long and valiant struggle with cancer.
Recitation of the rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Private family Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Therese Catholic Church in Halfway. There will be a public graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will officiate. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. Riggs was born Sept. 28, 1929, at Portland to Ruby and Thurman Riggs. He was raised in the Portland area and was a Franklin High School graduate. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and after his discharge he continued his military involvement in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He retired in 1990 after 30 years of service.
He worked as an installer for Western Electric and retired in 1985 after a 30-year career. After his retirement, he was employed by Community Connection as the Pine Eagle Senior Citizen bus driver, which he did for nine years until his health prevented him from doing it any longer.
He married Yvonne Henault on June 17, 1988. He was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Halfway.
He is survived by his wife Yvonne of Halfway; his children, Margy Riggs of Brownsville, Paul Riggs of Portland, Linda Johnson of Hillsboro, David Riggs of Las Vegas, Nev., Kathleen Hofer of Albany, and Doreen Riggs of Baker City; his brother, Thurman “Sonny” Riggs of Portland; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church through Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 11, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor