Highland: Obituaries

Tom Riggs, 72

Tom Riggs
Tom Riggs

Tom Riggs, 72, of Highland died on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

Visitation will from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 11 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral service will follow the visitation on Saturday at the funeral home, with Father Pat Jakel, pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, officiating. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1943 in Highland to Clifton and Doris (Zeller) Riggs. On May 22, 1965, he married Cherie Dubach at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. She survives in Highland.

Mr. Riggs graduated Highland High School in 1961 and received his bachelor’s degree from SIUE. He taught at Bunker Hill and coached baseball and basketball. He then coached basketball at Greenfield before moving to Highland High and coaching freshmen football and basketball.

He loved to follow his grandkids in their sporting events. He was a big sports fanatic for high school and college and American Legion baseball. He never met a stranger. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids, and enjoyed bowling.

He is also survived by a daughter, Michelle (Andy) Brooks of Gig Harbor, Wash.; a son, Scott (Mylene) Riggs of Barnhart, Mo.; grandchildren, Grant Riggs, Noah, Cameron and Collin Brooks, and Elle Kate Riggs; a step-granddaughter, Caitlyn McNail; a brother, Terry Riggs of Highland; a sister, Jacque (Clark) Barnes of Springfield, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Karla Riggs of Highland; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Ted Riggs.

Memorials may be made to Highland High School Athletic Department (track and softball) or American Legion baseball.