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Richard “Dick” Arlen Briggs
November 4, 1941 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Richard “Dick” Arlen Briggs was born in Grand Rapids on November 4, 1941 to Marvin Ulysses Briggs and Grace Lee Briggs. Thrust into the world during a pivotal time in American history, a month and 3 days before Pearl Harbor. He attended St. Alphonsus Catholic School and Catholic Central High School growing up. He liked to credit the nuns for his red knuckles and extraordinary penmanship. After graduation, he joined the Navy. He was fond of joking of how he fought the “Battle of the Bars” while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After leaving the navy, he joined the electrical apprenticeship IBEW Local 107. He was proud to be a 50+ year member of the IBEW. Dick earned his pilot’s license and travelled the country working as an electrician everywhere from the Alaskan pipeline to New York and everywhere in between. When working on a nuclear power plant in Arizona, he obtained permission to fly his personal plane and land it on a crop dusting strip that bordered the fence near the plant. Dick loved commuting via plane, bringing his buddies along, and bragging about the time it had saved him from being stuck in traffic. It was in Arizona that he met his wife, Catherine (Bunny) Briggs, at a tricycle race - she won, by the way! Dick had a great love of Corvettes and owned several throughout the years. Above all of his accomplishments, Dick was a proud father to Tracey, Kurt, Shany, and Grace. Upon retirement, he enjoyed spending time at home near Robinson Lake and retelling the story of how he had acquired the property. Dick loved hunting for morel mushrooms in the spring; in the fall, he enjoyed bird hunting with Kurt, his grandsons, and his dogs. Dick’s love of hunting was not limited to solely birds. Throughout the years, he loved to drive over to Hesperia to see if there were any fish jumping at the dam or stop in the Sports Shop to visit his dear friend Jim Lavin. He spent years camping with family and friends. He never missed a fly-in breakfast at the White Cloud airport held on Father’s Day. In recent years, Dick kept himself occupied by taking several daily trips to the White Cloud Wesco while sporting his favorite conversation starting T-shirts with funny quips. He enjoyed round table discussions on the patio with his neighbors, favorite son-in-law, and the dogs. Dick diligently watched the news and stayed up-to-date on politics. He was equally content watching Hallmark movies with Oliver, the family cat, curled up on his lap. He enjoyed watching his next two generations fish and swim on the lake.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Grace Briggs and his brother, Paul Douglas Briggs.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine “Bunny” Briggs, as well as his children: Tracey (Bill) Brooks, Kurt (Katie Fletcher) Briggs, Shany Briggs, Grace (Darren) Hines as well as his beloved grandchildren Hilary (Dustin) VanKrimpen, Iris Fischer, Paden (Makaylee) Briggs, Parker Briggs and Rose Mirely. Dick found joy in meeting and spending time with his great grandchildren: Leo, Bentley, and Ella.
Dick passed away in the early morning hours of January 10th, 2024.
The family plans to hold a celebration of life at a future date in the spring, in time for morel mushroom hunting.