James H. "Herb" Riggs

FN 1951-1953

KOREAN War era

JamesHRiggsObitPicture_02.jpg, photo courtesy of Courier-Journal
James H. "Herb" Riggs

Recently Mrs. Martha S. Riggs returned a letter from Norman Porterfield. The letter contained a note concerning the passing of her husband, a former USS William R. Rush Shipmate. Norman forwarded the letter to the RUSH association. The note from Mrs. Riggs read:

"Mr. Porterfield, My husband passed away September 20, 2006. I am enclosing a copy of the obituary in case any of his old friends would like to know."

The following obituary was published in The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky on September 22, 2006:

James H. "Herb" Riggs
Audubon Hospital

JamesHRiggsObitPicture.jpg, photo courtesy of Courier-Journal "HERB," passed away at Audubon Hospital on Wednesday, September 20, 2006. "Herb" retired from a long and successful career in auto sales. His numerous awards include several consecutive years of "Legion of Leaders" award from General Motors. He was a 1950 graduate of Okolona High School. Herb joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served on the U.S.S. William R. Rush during the Korean conflict. After completing his military service he returned home and attended the Louisville Radio School, earning his first class engineers license.

Herb was a member of Parkland Baptist Church. He was an active member of the North Bullitt Lions Club and of the Okolona Masonic Lodge #853 F. & A.M. He was also a member of Scottish Rite, Kosair Shrine, and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Herb was a lifetime member of the DAV where he served as adjutant for Chapter 16 in Okolona. Several hours per week of volunteer work at the V.A. Hospital was also a part of his routine.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Sears Riggs; his son, Michael Riggs and his wife, Loretta Riggs; daughter, Melissa "Mikki" Knight and her husband, Jeff; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruth Utley and Alma Gardner and her husband, James.

Funeral services for Mr. Riggs will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Schoppenhorst, Underwood & Brooks, Preston Hwy. at Brooks, where friends and family may pay their respects from noon -8 p.m. on Friday. Interment will be in Brookland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Bullitt Lions Club or Kosair Charities.

The following comforting poem was also provided by Martha S. Riggs in her letter:

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I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
If my parting has left a void
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
ah, yes, these thing I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much,
good friends, good times,
a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemd all too brief,
don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me
God wanted me now:
He set me free.