Richard Dale Riggs, Sr.

1938 - 2020

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Richard Dale Riggs Sr., 81, of Findlay, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at 8:46 in the morning at Bridge Hospice, Bowling Green, Ohio. He was born September 15th, 1938 in Clay County, Indiana to Thomas A. Riggs and Florence J. (Johnson) Riggs. He loved his family: his beloved wife, Bernadine Delores (Reinhart) Riggs, his brothers and his sisters, his children, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren. On September 3rd 2019, Richard and Bernie celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. In his early life and marriage, Richard wore many hats. He owned his own rubbish route and sewer cleaning service for the people of Findlay and surrounding areas. He worked as a crane operator and was a vital team member at Hyway Concrete Pipe for 40 years. Richard came to know the Lord in 1975. He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. He was known for going to McDonalds on any given afternoon for a decaf coffee with a pocket full of tracts to help folks understand the message of Jesus Christ, as he was an instrument of the Lord. He was a fisherman of men (actual fish were a second best). “Dominus vobiscum!” Did he ever love conversation and have information on everything! History, politics, religion, languages, jokes – he always had something to say. Richard enjoyed hard work. He was always out tinkering in the house, yard, or garage, preparing for his fishing adventures, or working in his beautiful half-acre garden. He grew anything he could and was so very talented at it. He tended his fruit trees and bushes every summer he was able. In the last 5 years, Richard was diagnosed with dementia. Through the struggle, he never lost his spirit for God, his energy, or enthusiasm. He continued to be the man who sang the loudest and proudest in church and everyday life. He is a cornerstone of our family and all of our lives were en"rich"ed (pun intended) by him. He will forever be in our hearts. He will be in the sun that breaks through the clouds looking down on us, and wearing that dashing Riggs smile, handed down through the generations. He is survived by his wife, Bernie; brother, John Riggs; his three sons: Rick D. Riggs Jr. (Cindy), Jeffrey A. Riggs (Lauri), and Douglas A. Riggs (Susan); one daughter, Susan M. Riggs (Patrick Brutovsky – fiancé); his grandchildren: Chelsea Riggs (Walter Lugo), Abbigail Johnstone (Nathaniel), Austin Riggs (Nikki), Britton Riggs (Rachel), Evan Riggs (Kat), Bryce Riggs, Brock Riggs, A.J. Mattia, Beth Mattia, and Gabrielle Calvert; and his great-grandchildren: Brooklyn Riggs, Evening Johnstone, Lachlan Johnstone, Elijah Johnstone, Ailee Johnstone, and Mason Riggs. We can certainly not forget his beloved dog, Maggie Mae. He is reunited in heaven with his parents: Thomas and Florence Riggs; and his siblings: Patricia Harlan, Donald Riggs, Mary Brooker, Judith Dirling, and Rebecca Lewis. The services will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Trinity Baptist Church, 7839 County Road 236, Findlay Ohio 45840. Visitors can be received for two hours (1:00-3:00pm) prior to the service, burial, and fellowship. Memorial donations can be made to Trinity Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    Trinity Baptist Church [Map]
    CR 236
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Saturday, February 1st 2020 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, February 1st 2020 - 3:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    Trinity Baptist Church [Map]
    7839 County Road 236
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Trinity Baptist Cemetery [Map]

    Findlay, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    Trinity Baptist Church - Riggs
    7839 C R 236
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Bernie and family
Date :Wednesday, January 29th 2020
From : Nancy and Bill Recker
Dear Bernie. We want to send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I know you have also had a rough last few years. Richard is know up in heaven, and you can be so blessed with all you did for him. You are an angel .

To : Bernie and family
Date :Thursday, January 30th 2020
From : Gary Phillips Sr
I am sorry to learn of Dicks passing. I always enjoyed talking with him at church. He always had a smile to share. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

To : Bernie
Date :Thursday, January 30th 2020
From : Rhonda hutton
I am so very sorry hearing the passing of ur husband dad and Grandpa he's smiling now he's at the gates oh heaven I will miss him coming in biglots prayers to u all

To : Rick Riggs
Date :Friday, January 31st 2020
From : Paul Sears
My prayers are with you and your family.