Butler County Times Gazette
  • Obituary: Carl E. Riggs

  • Carl Eugene Riggs, 79, of Burns, passed away Aug. 2, 2014
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  • Carl Eugene Riggs, 79, of Burns, after a valiant battle with cancer, died peacefully among family on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
    The viewing will be held from 1 – 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at the Burns United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow in the Burns Cemetery.
    Carl was born Dec. 23, 1934, in Newton, the son of Thomas Glenn and Julia Marie (née Bolen) Riggs. Carl served in the United States Army as heavy AA fire control crewman, from 1954-1956, where he received a good conduct medal. He was Postmaster of Burns, for 32 years, until his retirement in 1994. On June 2, 1957, he was united in marriage to Niva Jo Daniels, their union was blessed with four children.  Carl was a loyal servant of the Burns United Methodist Church and an active volunteer in his community. He will be remembered for his wry sense of humor and his resilient spirit.
    Carl is preceded in death by his wife, Niva Jo; his parents; and his brothers, Leroy Riggs of Marion; and Howard Riggs of Burns.
    Carl is survived by: his sister, Bernice Harms (Lawrence) of Rio Hondo, Texas; his children: Doug Riggs (Donna) of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Dennis Riggs (Brenda Joyce) of Peabody, Bobby Riggs (Debbie) of Parsons, Tenn., and Brenda Nelson (Brett) of Cassoday; his 8 grandchildren, Rachael Riggs Leyva (Chris) of Columbus, Ohio, Rob Riggs of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jesse Riggs (Bristen) of Belton, Mo., Breana Nelson of Manhattan, Ethan Riggs of Peabody, Glenn Riggs of El Dorado, Jordan Riggs of Peabody, and Brenton Nelson of Cassoday;  great-grandchild, Jack Leyva of Columbus, Ohio; sister-in-law, Norma Riggs of Marion.
    A memorial fund has been established for the Burns United Methodist Church in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS, 66861.

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