William Robert "Bob" Briggs

February 6, 1949 ~ March 11, 2014

William Robert (Bob) Briggs, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, nephew, son and passionate friend left us far to soon on March 11, 2014.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, February 6, 1949 he graduated from Burke High School in 1967. Bob enlisted in the Army in 1967 initially serving across Europe on a international competitive military rifle team. In his words, "the army soon realized they could use his skills elsewhere" and he served most of his enlistment with distinction as an infantryman in Vietnam, where he earned a bronze star.
Bob began his lifelong love affair with his high school sweetheart Mary Jo (Golden) Briggs in 1966. Despite a war, a continent of separation, and a few years of wonder lust, they married in 1975 and would mark their 39th anniversary this August. Bob and Mary Jo raised two sons, Christopher Michael and Kelly Mathew. Kelly followed in his fathers foot steps serving in the US Air Force.
After returning to the U.S. from Vietnam, he worked with his life long friend, and future brother-in-law, Jay Golden dredging the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Later he graduated from Clark College and worked for the Washington Department of Transportation in engineering and retired after 30 years in 2009.
Bob lived a storied life with a singular focus, his bride. They traveled the world together, and were constantly surrounded by friends and family. He was always the life of a party, and lived his final days as he did his life, surrounded by friends and family, telling stories, and engaged in boisterous laughter. He will be long remembered for his love of life, contagious laugh, generosity, adventures, kindness, accepting nature, loyalty, humor and love of anything water-rivers, lakes, oceans, seas.
Bob is survived by wife Mary Jo Briggs; sons Chris Briggs and partner Julia Speicher, Kelly Briggs and wife Sarah Briggs; grandchildren Jackson, Lucas and not yet born baby girl Briggs; nieces Megan Golden, Carly Golden, Bailee Rogers; and nephews Cody Golden, Trey Rogers; aunts Colleen Kellogg and Maivis Nicholson. Bob is also survived by treasured in-laws Jay Golden and Kelly Caswell, Sharon Golden and Michael Smith, Ann Golden Eglé and Roger Eglé, and Bob and Linda Golden.
A Celebration of Bob's life will be held on March 30, 2014 at McMenamins Edgefield from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Donations in Bob's honor can be made to the or towards the purchase of a cold beer or fine wine that can raised in his honor. Bob will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him.
Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits

Published in The Columbian on Mar. 16, 2014