The passing of Ralph Carl Briggs Jr., at the age of 81, came too soon for all who knew and loved him.
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Ralph was a loving husband to Virginia (Gina) Briggs; devoted father to daughter Carla von Haven and son Scott Briggs; dedicated step-father to Staff Sgt. Timothy (TJ) Matz and Sgt. Robert (Bobby) Matz; wonderful father-in-law to Sharon Briggs, Hap von Haven, Alicia and Jeanette Matz; loving "Grampy" to Zack Briggs, Haley von Haven, Carly von Haven, Aly von Haven, Victoria Matz, Charity Foppiano, Dyllan Foppiano, David Matz, and Trever Matz; and caring brother to Dorothy Heath and brother-in-law Leslie "Jiggs" King. Ralph was such a gentle, generous man who loved his family, friends and helping others.
He was a man of intense integrity and patriotism and proudly served the United States Air Force for 28 years. Following his retirement from the military he worked for Metric Systems for another 20 years. His remaining years were spent enjoying the little joys of life like telling humorous stories, feeding the ducks, watching fireworks and sharing sweet treats with all.
The family would like to thank the wonderful medical community of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., especially the staff at Belvedere Commons and Emerald Coast Hospice.
Services will be conducted on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Friends and family may visit 1 hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the
In his own words, "I had a good life."
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
113 Racetrack Road Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2014