Ryan Russell Riggs, 42, Brainerd, formerly of Aitkin, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at his father’s home near Malmo.
Ryan was born Feb. 17, 1975, in Aitkin, the son of Russell and Mary (Doran) Riggs. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin, graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1993. He then went to Florida and worked for a short time. He returned to the Aitkin area where he worked as a cook and bartender. He then worked as a trucker and worked for Godwards Wild Rice Company and Acorn Millworks. He also operated the Party Bus Guys. He was a former member of the Garrison Fire Department, was an EMT and served with the Southern Aitkin County First Responders. He loved hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Riggs, Brainerd; father, Russell (Debbie) Riggs, Aitkin; brother, Reid (Farren) Riggs, Aitkin; niece, Dixie Lee Riggs, Aitkin; aunts, Sally Doran, Shoreview; Judy Gondvek, Pompano Beach, Fla.; Mary Marie (Andy) Bennett, Duluth; and Judy Sucik, Duluth; uncle, Raymond Riggs, Aitkin; and special friends, Larry Potter and Andie Borsetti.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Ann Riggs and Margaret and Walter Doran; uncles, Ron Riggs and John Doran; aunt, Sharon Riggs; and his dog, Heighley.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with the Rev. Jason Erickson and the Rev. Colleen Duffney officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd.
Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.