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Albert Wayne Riggs

October 16, 1928 January 28, 2012
Albert Wayne Riggs
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Obituary for Albert Wayne Riggs

Albert Wayne Riggs, a resident of Milford since 1978, died at his home in the care of his family on Saturday evening, January 28. He was 83 years old.

Born on October 16, 1928 in Toledo, OH, he was the son of Wayne and Nina (Chamberlain) Riggs. On April 5, 1952 he married Marilyn (Mayhew) Riggs and together they raised two daughters and a son. Al Riggs was a member of the Army Reserve and was called into active duty in 1953 and served two years in the Korean War and another eight years in the active reserve, retiring from duty in 1964. He earned his first degree from the Institute of Construction Management and a second degree from Wayne State University and was a structural steel engineer who planned and oversaw the construction of many buildings throughout the Detroit Metro area. After moving to Milford in 1978 he became active in his local church, Christ Lutheran, and local community, serving on the Milford Planning Commission and The American Legion Post 216, whose building he redesigned and oversaw the remodeling of and the local cemetery advisory committee. He served three terms as President of the Milford Historical Society. He loved music and played trombone, trumpet, banjo and guitar and for three years performed with the Livingston County Orchestra. A natural leader and hard-working volunteer, Al Riggs was always willing to pitch in and do his part for the good of the cause and the community and centered his life on faith and family.

In addition to his beloved wife of 59 years, Marilyn, he is survived by his daughters, Carolyn Riggs and Deborah (John) Serafano, and his son, David Riggs, his beloved granddaughter, Claire Kunkle, his brothers, Joseph, David, Benjamin, and William Riggs and his sister, Arlene Tilton, many nieces, nephews, and dear friends who join with his family in mourning his death and giving thanks to God for his life among them.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jerry and Becky.

Funeral services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 520 General Motors Rd., Milford on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 11 AM Pastor Richard Pape will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Milford Memorial Cemetery. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford on Monday and Tuesday from 3-8 PM.

Memorials to the Michigan Humane Society are greatly appreciated.

For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248.684.6645.


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