Robert W. Briggs
1919 - 2020
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Robert W. Briggs, age 101, of Sturgis, passed away early Wednesday morning, June 24, 2020, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
He was born Jan. 4, 1919, in Jackson, a son of the late Clyde R. and Blanche Marie (DeBolt) Briggs.
Mr. Briggs had resided in Sturgis since 1950. On Oct. 12, 1940, he married Helen I. Osborn in Jackson. She preceded him in death Nov. 8, 2015.
Mr. Briggs was a talented tool and die maker by trade and had been employed by Sturgis Tool & Die for 17 years, Harter Corporation for five years and Grav-i-Flo Corporation for 10 years.
Bob was proud to have served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy, earning the rank of Third Class Petty Officer. He was a life member of Neuman-Wenzel Post #73 American Legion and B.P.O.Elks #1381. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf and boating.
He is survived by his loving daughter, Barbara Ann Kafil of Kalamazoo; a granddaughter, Stacey Renee Holtz of Chicago; and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Private family memorial graveside services and burial of the ashes will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. Full military honors will be conferred by Capt. John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard at a later date, to be announced.
Hackman Family Funeral Homes of Sturgis is entrusted with arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Briggs' memory consider Thurston Woods Village, 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.
His obituary is also at, where we encourage relatives and friends to leave memories and condolences for the family.

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Published in Sturgis Journal from Jun. 24 to Jun. 25, 2020.
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July 16, 2020
Uncle Bob you last awhile and the memories of you will last my life time.
Love and miss you. Say hi to auntie and dad for me.
Kathy carter
June 29, 2020
Dear Barbara and Stacy. Sorry for your loss. It doesn't seem like it's been twenty one years ago since they were at my home. We enjoyed happy hour together with the help of Uncle Neil Hamilton, then a fine meal. It was also good to celebrate his 100th birthday. God be with you and your folks. Mike DeYoung
Mike DeYoung
June 24, 2020
The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy.
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