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James D. Briggs

James D. Briggs, 86, of rural Superior, died Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born April 5, 1921, in Jacksonville, Fla., son of Leona (O'Herrin) and Charles L. Briggs. As an Army veteran of World W...

James D. Briggs, 86, of rural Superior, died Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 5, 1921, in Jacksonville, Fla., son of Leona (O'Herrin) and Charles L. Briggs.

As an Army veteran of World War II, he served with the Engineer, Boat and Shore Regiment as a demolitions specialist. His service in the Pacific Theater included the Philippine Islands, New Guinea and Japan.

Following the war, he worked for Bridge Builders, hauled highway and heavy equipment for Earth Movers, Inc., and ran the cement plant, drove truck and was a warehouseman at Builders Supply, retiring in 1983.

On Feb. 6, 1960, he married Linda Halberg, at Exeland.

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He was a member of Darrow Road Wesleyan Church where he is remembered as a greeter and usher. He was actively involved with their Bible camp and Child Evangelism. Jim was also a member of Teamsters Local 346.

Spending time with his family in the country was his priority, especially time spent outdoors, where he loved to hunt, fish, camp and garden.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two sons, Warren and an infant son; two brothers, Ralph and John Briggs; and two sisters, Agnes Aronson and Dorothy Monteverde.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Linda; two sons, Larry Briggs, Siren and Jim (Sara) Briggs, Superior; three daughters, Susan Norris and Janet (Ken) Sandel, both of Holcombe, and Avis Rink, Superior; 11 grandchildren, Sara, Renee, David, Travis, Jason, Brian, Mark, Susanne, E. J., Tucker and Jenna; two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Cody; a brother, Sid Briggs, Danbury; and sister, June Papanek, Glendale, Ariz.

The visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Downs Funeral Home, corner of Ogden Avenue and N. 19th Street, with a prayer service at 6 p.m. The visitation resumes at 9 a.m. Monday until the 10 a.m. service at Darrow Road Wesleyan Church, with the Rev. Mark Holmes officiating.

Burial with military rites will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner.

Active pallbearers will be Randy Martin, Ben Keup, Jesse VanHorn, Willie Silvernale, Wayne Boustead and Harry Meier. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Manor, Russ Pederson, Chuck Christenson, Roger Thompson and Forrest Terry.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Darrow Road Wesleyan Church.

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The family wishes to thank the Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center staff for their wonderful care and concern.

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