James David Riggs, 52, of Taylorville, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:48 a.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
He was born on April 17, 1960 at Dexter, Missouri, the son of James D. Sr. and Evelyn (Crabtree) Riggs. He married Julie Kay Girard on August 2, 1980 at Taylorville; she preceded him in death on April 3, 2012. James was a welder and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Survivors include: Companion, Pam Zumwalt of Taylorville, IL; daughters, April Riggs (companion, Jeremy Friesland) and Ashley (husband, Joe) Rockford, both of Taylorville, IL; sons, Alex and Ryan Riggs, both of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren, Gavin Cooper, Dominick Cooper, Jaxon Riggs, Wyatt Cruzan, Braydon Riggs, Kayden Rockford, Jordan Friesland, Jasmine Rockford, Jenna Rockford and Jewliana Rockford; sisters, Lara DeFord of Poplar Bluff, MO and Tammy Hurst of Danville, AR; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. His wife Julie, parents, sister, Vera and brothers, Jerry and Tommy Riggs preceded him in death.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Shafer-Perfetti Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Shafer-Perfetti Funeral Home in Taylorville is in charge of arrangements.