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L. Eugene Riggs

June 29, 2012
Morning Journal News

New Waterford, OH-June 27, 2012-L. Eugene Riggs, 78, of New Waterford, OH died at 5:16 p.m. Wednesday.

Eugene was born March 21, 1934 in Rochester, PA, a son of Garfield and Laura Deem Riggs and had lived in the area all of his life.

Eugene had worked as a kiln fireman for the Staso Brick Yard in Darlington, PA and then had worked as an assembler for the former NRM in Leetonia and Columbiana for 22 years.

He loved gardening, camping, antique tractors and working on car engines.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gerry Yurcic, whom he married June 23, 1956; three daughters, Debbie Riggs and Sandra Riggs both of East Palestine, OH and Sharon Riggs New Waterford, OH; two sons, Michael Riggs of Bedford Heights, OH and Daniel Riggs of New Waterford, OH; a sister-in-law, Charlene Riggs of New Waterford, OH; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by all of his siblings, Florence Hogue, Mildred Williams, Dorothy Montgomery, Edith Riggs, Bernice Ash, Mary Renn, Arlene Borelli, Evelyn Norton, and Harry, John, Bernard and Junior Riggs.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home, East Palestine. Burial will follow in Crest Haven Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may call from 5-8 pm Friday (today) at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

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