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Warren Riggs

Born: Tue., Oct. 14, 1924
Died: Sat., Jul. 4, 2015


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Warren Riggs, age 90, of Chesterton passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015.  He was born on October 14, 1924, in Momence, Illinois, to Lucille (Egen) and Wesley Riggs who preceded him in death.  Also preceding him in death are his sisters, Doris Ramirez and Karen Winders.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Eulora “Laurie” (Ravn) Riggs, sons John Riggs of Bellingham, WA, daughter Penny (Jim) Marx of Valparaiso, along with grandchildren Brian Marx of Porter, IN, John (Holly) Marx of Valparaiso, IN, and Andrew (Jessie) Riggs of Bellingham, WA.  He leaves behind six great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. 

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Warren at age 17, was eager to join in the defense of our country and asked his dad to sign a waiver so he could join immediately.  He served in the Pacific on the USS Baltimore until his discharge in October 1945.

He (and his wife) are well known in Chesterton for being the owners of Riggs’ A & W Drive-In (opening in 1957), later converted to a family style restaurant called Riggs’ Fireside Inn.  A private family service has been held.  Memorials may be given to VNA Horton Hospice in Warrens’ name:  2404 Valparaiso St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.  Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton.  To send an online condolence, please visit www.whitelovefuneralhome.com.

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Cheryl Cordaro Hankosky
   Posted Wed July 08, 2015
Penny.....I remember your family working at the Rigg's root beer drive inn and us being in school.....I feel your loss and am sorry to hear of his passing.I live in San Antonio, Texas, God Bless you and your family Cheryl

J. Kirk Wiebe
   Posted Wed July 08, 2015
I remember the day young (then) John helped his dad paint and put up their first A&W sign. Feel like I've known the family most of my life. While I wish to honor Warren as a fine gentlemen whose work ethic was unsurpassed, I also honor his family. Chesterton became a better place for having them among its residents. My mother and sisters frequented not only the A&W root beer stand, but also the Fireside Inn that came later. I extend heartfelt condolences to each of you. We've lost a very, very good man.

Pat and Bob Babcock
   Posted Sun July 12, 2015
Bob and I wish to express our condolences to you, Laurie, and your family.

From your old neighbors,
Pat and Bob Babcock

Judy Weidman
   Posted Tue July 14, 2015
Dear Penny, I was so sorry to read of your dad's passing away. I know he meant so much to you. He was very helpful in teaching many responsibility when he employed them at the root beer stand.

I moved to TN in 2009 - that's why you don't see me at water aerobics anymore. Do you and Jim still go?

Take care. I'll always remember thinking Jim was flirting with you and not knowing you were married to each other, wasn't happy about it!

My best, Judy Weidman

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