Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kenneth Gene Briggs Obituary

Kenneth Gene Briggs
Hancock County Courier
March 17, 2011

Kenneth Gene Briggs, 80, of Arner Road in Chester, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Stone Pear Pavilion at Foxcrest in Chester. His passing was very sudden.
Born and raised on Shennango Run near Pine Grove, WV, Gene was a son of the late Thomas C. and Flossie L. Balwanz Briggs.
Gene is survived by his beloved wife, Joan Hassig Briggs who he married on June 16, 1960; a son, Tom (Becky) Briggs of Chester; daughters, Barbara (R. Bruce) Barrett of Lisbon, and Kim (Roger) Pettit of Marysville, OH; two brothers, Wayne (Margaret) Briggs of Weirton and Jerry (Sandy) Briggs of Wileyville; one grandson Roger “Buddy” Pettit and one step granddaughter, Jamie (Brian) Stine.
Two brothers, Clifford and Carl Briggs preceded Gene in death.
His passion was his farm which kep[t him busy will into his retirement. He retired as a Rigger after 36 years from Weirton Steel where he was a member of the 25 year club.
Gene was a member and Deacon of the Emmanuel Mission near Chester.
He was a Master Sergeant with the U. S. Army, having served form 1948 until 1954. Gene saw heave and prolonged action on the front lines during the Korean Conflict and received the Bonze Star.
Roger Pettit, his son-in-law, and Errett Allison, his good friend, will conduct services today, Thursday, March 17, at 12 noon at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester where his family will be present to receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Interment will follow at the New Cumberland Cemetery where the Tri-State Veterans burial group and West Virginia National Guard will accord full military honors.
Following services at the cemetery family and friends will meet at the New Manchester Fire Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wileyville Volunteer Fire Dept. at HC 68, Box 67, Wileyville, WV 26581

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