Timothy Charles Riggs
Oct. 29, 1943 - June 28, 2020
On June 28, 2020, Timothy Charles Riggs - loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, uncle and friend - passed away at home at the age of 76 in Anna. Tim was born in Elgin, Illinois and raised in Dundee. He raised his own children in the suburbs of Chicago with his beloved wife Toni and enjoyed retirement in Texas. His life's work began as a tool and die maker that led to a long career in management as an esteemed mechanical engineer. He was a man of keen intelligence who had a passion for knowledge which was evident by his extensive library, and hobbies, clubs and workshops. He loved wood carving, art, ship and railroad modeling, sewing and cooking, gardening and the camaraderie of his club members. His talents also extended to music as a banjo and fiddle player, as well as making certain instruments. His hand-wrought black powder rifle demonstrated that nothing was out of reach of his abilities. His work has been displayed in museums around the country as an award-winning ship modeler.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Riggs, his mother, Marjorie Even Riggs, and his brother, John Even Riggs. He is survived by his beloved wife Antoinette “Toni” Falconer Riggs, to whom he was married for almost 57 years. He is also survived by his three daughters, Marloe Colombo (Darrin) of Anna, Kerri Bloom (Mark) of Palatine, Illinois, and Bridgette Bonk (Chris) of Palatine, as well as their eight grandchildren Jeffrey, Kevin, Olivia, and Conrad Bloom; Nicholas (Danell) Colombo, Georgina (Jason) Flores, Britta Colombo and Troy Colombo. He also leaves behind seven great-grandchildren: Christian Bloom, Chrysanthemum and Malachi Simpson, Derek and Logan Flores, and Harper and Wren Colombo. He is also survived by his sister, Marloe Campbell (Paul), brother Steven Riggs (Sherri), his sister-in-law Joan Riggs, and so many nieces and nephews who he held a special place in his heart.
Tim had an immense love for his family and friends. He spent endless hours with them sharing his own interests and abilities as well as encouraging them to pursue their own. He enthusiastically supported other people in their career pursuits, personal hobbies or just good conversations. He loved his grandkids and great-grandkids. He gave them unlimited experiences whether Oshkosh airshows, swimming with dolphins, trips to Hilton Head Island and Chicago’s Chinatown, or innumerable museums and fish hatcheries. He showed them how to build things, garden and make models. He loved time with them whether at the lake or Sunday dinners together, and rarely missed one of their performances or games. He genuinely enjoyed being in their presence.
Tim was a kind and modest man. He was loved by his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and so many others, not because they were related but because he inspired it. He will be greatly missed.
An additional celebration of Tim’s life will be held in Illinois at a later date.
A come-and-go Memorial Visitation will be held July 3, 2020 3-7 p.m. at Scoggins Funeral Home, 637 W. Van Alstyne Parkway, Van Alstyne, TX 75495; www.scogginsfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association will be appreciated.
Posted online on July 01, 2020