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Thomas R. Riggs

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Thomas “Tom” Ray Riggs, of Englewood, Fla., died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. He was 81.

Tom was born to Ruth and Ransom Riggs in Camp Atterbury, Ind., on Jan. 22, 1932. Tom graduated from Southport High School.

Tom joined the Navy during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan. After being discharged, Tom started Riggs Construction Company and spent many years as a contractor in Indiana.

He relocated Riggs Construction Company to Sarasota County in the 1970s and built many commercial and residential buildings in Sarasota and Charlotte counties. He was a member of the Venice VFW and American Legion.

Tom was preceded in death by his son Tim Riggs. Tom is survived by his wife, Priscilla Riggs, and children Peggy Linton (Marc Linton), Susan Cone (Andrew Cone) and Garrett Riggs. He also leaves 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services: Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at the VFW Post in Englewood, Fla.