Richard Goodwin Briggs, 75, went to be with the Lord on Thursday (March 21, 2013) at his residence.
He resided in Belpre, Ohio, with his darling wife, Sandra Lee (Church) Briggs, who survives him. He was born in Bangor, Maine, on June 11, 1937.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon Dobson Briggs and Pauline Stearns Briggs; his aunt, Barbara Stearns Johnson; and his uncles, Louis Colby Stearns III and Philip E. Johnson, all of Hampden, Maine.
He is survived by an aunt, Ruth Good Stearns of Hampden, Maine; a sister, Margaret Briggs of Bennington, Vt.; a brother, Robert Stearns Briggs of Carrabasset Valley, Maine; and six cousins. He is also survived by 11 children and stepchildren, Deidri Deana of Madison, Wis., Tamara Hitchcock of Lanesborough, Mass., Cinda Parsons of Washington, W.Va., Gordon Deane of West Sand Lake, N.Y., Kevin Kelbaugh of Elizabethtown, Ky., Jeffrey Kelbaugh of Parkersburg, Mary Ann Cunningham of Washington, W.Va., Christopher W. Briggs of Bethlehem, Pa., Matthew V. Smith of North Las Vegas, Nev., Hope Pauline (Briggs) Mueller of Ringwood, Ill., and Rebecca (Briggs) Pfile of Endeavor, Wis. From among them are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Jim Fenlason, a very dear childhood friend.
Richard retired from truck driving for a second time in 2008, and has been busy as treasurer of Christ the King House of Prayer in Parkersburg, as a Central Committeeman of the Washington County Republican Party, and as a freelance author of opinion columns. Before the honest work of commercial driving, Richard wrote cost-benefit analysis, evaluated programs in education and taught students in schools. He attended primary school in Hampden, Maine, where he was born and raised. He also attended Hebron Academy, a prep school, Bowdoin College (BA, 1959), the University of Rochester (MA, 1969), and truck driving schools in Sun Prairie, Wis., and Schneider National in Green Bay, Wis. Richard pledged his life to Jesus Christ in 1982 at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, Wis. Jesus gave Richard a rudder, compass and the power to turn around an earlier tumultuous, rebellious, chaotic life. Since then Richard has worshipped God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit regularly and imperfectly, but now is able to worship Him face to face. Richard worked constructively in Episcopal, Pentecostal, Interdenominational and Anglican churches to which he has belonged as his theology became both more orthodox and more charismatic.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. on Friday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Immediately following the service, there will be a fellowship meal in the Leavitt Family Center.
Memorial contributions may be made either to the Barnabus Fund (www.barnabasfund.org) or to the Advertising Fund at Christ the King House of Prayer, 2207 Camden Ave., Parkersburg 26101. The former supports persecuted Christians worldwide and the latter supports the establishments of continuous, daily, corporate prayer in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Online condolences may be sent to www.leavittfuneralhome.com