Maurice Charles Riggs Sr., of Dowagiac

Jan. 23, 1935 — Feb. 23, 2018

Maurice Charles Riggs Sr., 83, of Dowagiac, died peacefully at home early Friday morning, Feb. 23, surrounded by the love of his family.

Mort was born Jan. 23, 1935, in Dowagiac to Gladys (Sindt) and John Henry Riggs.

Maurice Charles Riggs Sr.

Mort was married to the love of his life, Mary Helen (Ellis) Riggs on April 19, 1953. She preceded him in death on March 6, 2014. They shared 60 wonderful years together.

In 1956, Mort joined his brother, John Henry, Jr. (Jack) and formed Riggs’ Brothers Plastering. Their brother, Robert (Bob), worked with them for a short period of time. They both have preceded him in death. Mort has passed down his plastering trade to his son and grandson.

Mort’s love, kindness and big heart will be missed by his children, Belinda (Pepper) Colvin of Edwardsburg, Gloria (Art) Colvin of Edwardsburg, Maurice, Jr. (Yvette) Riggs of Florida and Julie (John) Hokanson of Dowagiac. Also surviving are six grandchildren and four great grandchildren along with extended family.

Throughout Mort’s life, he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his beloved dogs, Queenie and Ralph. He also enjoyed camping and mushroom hunting. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan but most of all he loved the Chicago Cubs. The highlight of his last years was being able to watch his Chicago Cubs win the World Series.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 27, with a noon service at Clark Chapel, 405 Center St., Dowagiac. Cremation will follow.

In honor of Mort, family and friends are welcome to wear Chicago Cubs or Chicago Bears attire. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Home Lakeland Health Affiliate, St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at clarkch.com.

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