Herbert Guy Riggs Jr.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Herbert Guy Riggs Jr., 91, Nevada, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Dec. 6. He was born on Nov. 9, 1925, in Ft. Scott, Kan., to Herbert Guy Riggs Sr. and Alma Viola (Clevenger) Riggs. He married Betty Ann Overton on June 1, 1947, in Nevada and she preceded him in death on August 9, 2004.

Herbert was raised in Ft. Scott and Nevada and attended Nevada High School. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and served aboard the U.S.S. Roi in the South Pacific. Following the service he returned to Nevada and attended an auto body and fender school in Kansas City. For a number of years he owned his own milk truck and operated a dairy route in Vernon County. He later worked as a painter at the Nevada State Hospital until his retirement in 1987.

Survivors include his children, Jerry Riggs and wife Francine, and Brenda Hoselton and husband Herman, both of Nevada; grandchildren, Tony Hoselton and wife Becky, Nevada, Sonya Haller and husband Brian, Nevada, Angie Eads and husband Chris, Ft. Scott, John Murphy and wife Megan, Nevada and Shea Moore and husband Brandon, State of Arkansas; 12 great grandchildren; and sister Mary Ann Mitchem, Nevada. In addition to his wife, Betty, and his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Wilva Thompson and a great grandson, Brett Hoselton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Pastor David Crook of the First Baptist Church of Nevada officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Moore Cemetery, Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Those who wish may contribute in Herbert's memory to Vernon County Cancer Relief in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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