Ross "Rocky" Riggs
30 April 1919 (Nelsonville, OH) - 3 November 2009
s/o Lester Riggs & Wilda Wagner
Laverne "Gal" Riggs
7 March 1921 - 13 December 1989
wed 2 August 1946
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ross (Rocky) Warren Riggs
DENISON - Ross "Rocky" Warren Riggs left Earth for a better place
with the Lord on Nov. 3, 2009. Rocky was born in Nelsonville, Ohio, April
30, 1919 to Wilda Wagner Riggs and Lester Riggs. Rocky's mother, Wilda,
died at the young age of 19 years, so Rocky was adopted and raised by his
grandparents, Mary and Abbert Riggs.
Rocky first worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Nelsonville,
Ohio and Silver Lake, Oregon. On Dec. 11, 1941 he enlisted in the U.S.
Army where he specialized in radio communications and direction finding
equipment. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. During World War II,
Rocky was stationed in the Philippines Islands. He was honorably discharged
and re-enlisted in the Army Air Force. He transferred into the U.S. Air
Force where he continued working in electronics.
On Aug. 2, 1946, Rocky married Laverne Loretta Reeder in a military
wedding in the Jackson Barracks Area Chapel in New Orleans.
Rocky was preceded
in death by his wife, Laverne. He is survived by sons, Larry of Denison
and Tim of Mt. Pleasant.
Among other honors, Rocky was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for
meritorious service between June 27, 1967 through May 23, 1968, while serving
in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. On Oct. 24, 1968, he received the RVN
Armed Forces Honor Medal, 2nd Class, which was presented from both the
United States and the country of Vietnam. Rocky retired from the Air Force
Feb. 1, 1970, having attained the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.
Over the years, he won numerous awards in the Texoma region for
his works of poetry. He was a member of the Freemasonry fraternity and
a lifetime member of the Texoma VFW. Rocky was a patriot, a poet, an avid
dancer, and a good-hearted gentleman. He will remain in our hearts and
memories for all our days.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009
at the Georgetown Cemetery, Pottsboro, Texas with Rev. Bill Brown officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Bratcher
Funeral Home, 401 W. Woodard St., Denison.
Elaine Nall Bay