Bob Fredrick Briggs, of Niles

Published 9:41 am Monday, February 1, 2016

Jan. 15, 1937 — Jan. 24, 2016

Bob Fredrick Briggs, 79, of Niles, passed away at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.

Bob was born on Jan. 15, 1937, in Phelps, Wisconsin. At a young age he was adopted by Terry and Ruth (Bennett) Briggs. While in high school Bob made the decision to join the United States Army. On May 23, 1958 Bob wed Rosa Mager in Germany. After his tour in the Army, Bob joined the National Guard where he faithfully served for 30+ years. Bob also loved to hunt and fish in his free time when he wasn’t with his family.

Bob Fredrick Briggs

Bob Fredrick Briggs

Bob is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Rosa Briggs; daughter, Linda Colcord; grandchildren, Melissa (Stan) Larrew, Tina (Dennis) Ralston, Michelle Colcord and Jennifer Colcord; great grandchildren, Summer, Amanda (Scott), Cody, Anthony, Nickoda, Daryl and Summer; great great grandchildren, Holly, Haden, Scott Jr., Wyatt, Savannah and Mason and many extended family and friends.

A memorial service to honor Bob’s life will be held at Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at 4 p.m. with a time of visitation one hour prior.

In the spring the family will also be having a celebration of life service at their home.

Those wishing to leave a message for the family or upload a photo of Bob may do so, our website, at or on our Facebook page at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services.