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Robert Brannick Riggs

November 13, 1928 - October 22, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date: November 8, 2019

Bob’s funeral mass will be held at Notre Dame Catholic Church (2190 S. Sheridan Blvd, Denver) on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.  A reception will immediately follow at the same location.  Burial with military honors will be at Ft. Logan National Cemetery (line up in staging area “B” by 2:15 p.m.; 4400 W. Kenyon Ave., Denver).

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Robert “Bob” Brannick Riggs, 90, of Denver and Wheat Ridge, Colorado, passed away on October 22, 2019, in Wheat Ridge.  His family was with him and are heartbroken, but know that he is in a better place now.

Bob was born on November 13, 1928, in southern Colorado near the now-abandoned coal mining towns of Forbes and Majestic.  He was the youngest of William Eldred Riggs and Margaret Lytle McClure Riggs’ eight children. His early schooling was in a one-room school house.  After moving to Trinidad, he graduated from high school in 1946.  That same year he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He served in Guam and was honorably discharged in 1949, a sergeant and humble World War II veteran.  He lived in Trinidad, Colorado Springs and Denver, primarily working for Mountain Bell/US West and the Sisters of Loretto.  In 1965, Bob married Marjorie Mae Aschenbrenner, who also worked at Mountain Bell.  They are both great parents to their two children, Gretchen and Thomas.  He loved retirement, traveling, camping, photography and helping his family with projects around their homes.  He was a long-time NRA Life member and loved the Colorado outdoors.

Bob waged a long fight against a rare neurological disease (multiple system atrophy – intentionally printed using all lower case letters to show our contempt for this terrible disease).

Bob is survived by his wife, Marjorie, his daughter, Gretchen Smith (Eric), his son, ThomasRiggs (Tammy), and two grandchildren, Emerald and Alexander.  He is preceeded in death by his parents and his seven brothers and sisters (Albert, Melvin, Dan, Bet, Ethel, John and Rhoda).

In lieu of flowers and contributions, and in honor and memory of Bob, please spend time with people who need assistance, companionship and support, especially seniors.  And include ice cream in that time.  Bob liked a good milkshake!

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