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Robert C. Riggs

August 8, 1934 - February 27, 2014

Robert "Bob" Riggs, former Redmond High School Principal and Redmond's longest serving Mayor, passed away peacefully last month at the age of 79 and a half.

Riggs was a fourth generation descendant of pioneering families who came across the Oregon Trail in covered wagons in 1847, and grew up in Salem. He was the youngest child of Earle and Verna Riggs, and grew up with brother Dave and sisters Lorna and Diane. He attended Salem High School, graduating in 1952, and went on to college at Seattle Pacific College.

After graduation, he married Virginia Hansen, who preceded him in death in 2009. Riggs taught middle school and high school in the Shoreline Public School system before being selected as the administrator for foreign language programs for the entire district.

On their return to the U.S., Bob and Virginia started their family with Doug (in 1965) and Stephanie (1967). He completed his PhD coursework at the University of Washington, and in 1971, the family moved to Redmond, where Bob accepted the position of Principal of the brand new Redmond High School, and the family became enmeshed in the local community. He later served 18 months as interim Superintendent. Bob joined the choir of the Community Presbyterian Church (he would later serve many years as its director).

Johnson appointed Riggs to the Redmond City Council in 1978, and he ascended to Council President in 1981. In 1982, Riggs was elevated to Mayor, a position he held for ten years.

In 2011, Riggs married Gloria Staats, and the two traveled around the region and the West in their retirement, and staying connected with their church and community. In the past several months, as Riggs's health took a turn, Gloria provided wonderful support and care. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy and a life filled with warmth and joy and laughter and positive energy.

He is survived by survived by son Doug Riggs in Tigard, daughter and son in law Stephanie and Mike Parker in Redmond, wife Gloria, granddaughters Camille & Caroline Riggs and Brooke & Kristine Parker, step-children Teri Lynn (Richard) Williams in Knight's Ferry CA, Chris (Karen) Staats in Salem, Sister Diane Vaucher in Salem, and several step grandchildren, great grandchildren & nieces and nephews.

A service is planned at Redmond's Community Presbyterian Church for Sunday, April 6, at 3:00 p.m., 529 NW 19th Street, Redmond, Oregon 97756

Memorials can be given to Community Presbyterian Church, Partners in Care, or the Sam Johnson Park Improvement Project. Please sign our online guestbook

Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 30, 2014
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