Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 25, 2013

Michael Wells Riggs

Oct. 26, 1947 - Sept. 22, 2103


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Oct. 26, 1947 - Sept. 22, 2103

Michael Wells Riggs, born Oct. 26, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord and family at 2:52 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2103, at Community Howard Regional Health.

He attended Muncie South High School. On June 17, 1966, Michael married his childhood sweetheart, Penny Sue Ross of Muncie. The two were married for 47 glorious years and together for over 50 years. On Oct. 1, 1966, he was drafted into the Army Corps of Engineers, where he also earned his G.E.D. and served one tour in Vietnam. He was discharged Nov. 1, 1968, and began a life with his bride, Penny. They went on to have four children together, David, Randy, Tracy and Brandon.

Michael briefly worked for Coca Cola Corp., then in 1972, he hired on with Ball Brothers Corp. in Muncie, where he began an apprenticeship to become a journeyman mold maker. On March 14, 1977, he was hired by Kokomo Chrysler Casting Plant as a die cast die maker and would go on to be elected as the skilled trades committeeman for Union Local 1166. On March 15, 1996, Michael was appointed to the UAW International, where he faithfully served as the skilled trades rep negotiator and head of the NTC Training Center in Detroit, Mich. Michael retired on Feb. 29, 2008, after 31 years of service.

Michael enjoyed bass fishing, golf and especially bowling with his wife, his son, Brandon and his grandson, Jessi. He was a member of Oakbrook Church.

He leaves behind his wife, Penny; his sons, David, Gas City, Brandon, Kokomo, and Randy and his wife Jen and their sons, Luke and Jessi, Kokomo; two sisters, Sara Riggs and Lois Siard; and a brother, Jimmy and his wife Beverly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Emerson Wells Riggs; mother, Frances Leonard Riggs Cantrell; brother, Tommy Riggs; and daughter, Tracy Lynn Riggs.

Michael was dearly loved by all who knew him and will be missed greatly.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home with Pastor Barry Early officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may to the American Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.