Elton A. Riggs OWASSO, OK-Elton A. Riggs was born on Feb. 20, 1926, in Morrilton, Ark., to Marion Andrew and Mary Savanna (Wilsher) Riggs. He died on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Claremore, Okla., at the age of 88 years. Elton was a veteran of the armed forces having served his country honorably with the United States Army as a Technician Fifth Grade with the 393rd Infantry Regiment during World War II. His battles and campaigns included the Battle of the Bulge. His decorations and citations included three Overseas Service Bars, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, Army of Occupation Ribbon Germany, EAME Campaign Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, and Purple Heart Medal. After returning stateside, Elton was married on Feb. 1, 1947, in Midland, Texas, to Suzanne Montandon, whom he met while serving in France. They had made their home in Lubbock, Texas, for most of their married life where Elton was self-employed as a Horologist. He was a faithful member of Lubbock First Assembly of God and served as board treasurer and deacon. He was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans serving as DAV Commander and DAV Chaplain. He was also a member of the Military Order of Purple Heart. Elton enjoyed a variety of pastimes, but his love of God and family was most important. Loving family members include: his wife of over 67 years; Suzanne, of the home; five children, Larry Riggs and wife, Shirley, of Dothan, Ala., Betty Riggs-Gute, of Plano, Texas, Eddie Riggs and wife, Cindy, of Owasso, Okla., Denise Riggs-Hawk and husband, Alan, of Alcoa, Tenn., Yvette Riggs-Stucks, and husband, Bryce, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; nine grandchildren, Michelle Sirchio, of Garland, Texas, Tony Sirchio and wife, Andrea, of McKinney, Texas, Andy Riggs and wife, Nicole, of Owasso, Okla., Grace Wosten, of Lubbock, Texas, Kristi Calder and husband, Steve of Glen Burnie, Md., Cassie Morris and husband, David, of Broken Arrow, Okla., Aaron Riggs and wife, Jenna, of Collinsville, Okla., Lynsie Riggs, of Dothan, Ala., Zachary Stucks and wife, Shelby, of Killeen, Texas, with Zach currently stationed in Afghanistan; 10 great-grandchildren, Tony, Olivia, Dax, Arabella, Natalie, Jude, Bryson, Caleb, Adriana, and Reagan. Elton was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters; and great-granddaughter, Audrey Diana Riggs. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the Mowery Funeral Service Chapel in Owasso with Pastor Tom Lakey, Lubbock, Texas, officiating. Serving as casket bearers will be John Anthony Sirchio, Bryan Andrew Riggs, Aaron Michael Riggs, David Robert Morris, Zachary Bryce Stucks (honorary) and Tony Vaughn Elton Sirchio. Committal services and interment will follow at Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery in Owasso. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Oklahoma Veterans Center, in memory of Elton Riggs, P.O. Box 988, Claremore, OK, 74018. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso. Sign the online guestbook at www.moweryfs.com.
Mowery Funeral Service
9110 N Garnett Rd
Owasso, OK 74055
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Aug. 29, 2014