James ‘Allen’ Riggs was born on May 12, 1938, in Beaver County, in the city of Forgan, to Harry Dean and Margaret (Hartman) Riggs. He went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Allen grew up in several towns in the Oklahoma Panhandle and graduated from Forgan Public Schools. In 1957 he joined the Army Reserves. He married Hilda Joan Casey, who would be his wife and partner in life for over half a century, on May 10, 1958, in Tyrone, Oklahoma.
Allen and Joan moved to Wichita, Kansas, for a few years before moving to the Oklahoma City area. They bought their house in Dibble in the early 70s and have remained settled there. Allen was employed with Continental Federal Savings & Loan in Oklahoma City for many years. After working for various savings & loan companies for well over thirty years he retired from Bank of Oklahoma in 2005 at the age of 67.
Allen loved God and was a member of the Cherokee Hills Baptist Church where he was ordained as a deacon and treasurer. After moving to Dibble he became a member of Midway Southern Baptist Church. Allen loved to fish, collected and listened to music, did wood-working as a hobby and loved tinkering with all kinds of things. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and Great Pa and got the greatest pleasure from seeing his family spend time together.
He was preceded in death by both parents and one brother, Gene Riggs.
Survivors include: wife, Joan Riggs of the home; daughter, Cheryl Riggs of Dibble; son, Greg Riggs & wife Brenda of Dibble; four grandchildren, Kayla Hedrick & husband Brandon, Trapper Fish, David Newell & wife Heather, and Saundra Taylor & husband Billy; three great-grandchildren, Kyle Newell, Andrew Newell, and Layla Belle Taylor; step-mother, Doris Riggs of Beaver, Ok; two brothers, Bill Riggs & wife Grace and Warren Riggs & wife Sharon; five step-brothers; one step-sister; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Services and cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.