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June 27, 1926 - October 30, 2021
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Richard (Dick) Riggs, 95, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2021, exactly 13 months after his wife, Norma’s passing. They were married for 70 years. Dick was born in Indianapolis June 27, 1926. He graduated from Lima Central High School (1944). After obtaining his undergraduate degree from Miami University (Oxford, OH) he studied at Western Reserve Law School (now Case Western) in Cleveland, Ohio. While there he met his future wife, Norma. The couple married in 1950 and settled in Lima as he began a career in the radio and television industry. He eventually acquired and operated several radio and television stations in Northwest Ohio, most notably WCIT AM and WLSR FM, which he sold in 1986. As an active supporter of the arts and the business community Richard served on the boards of several organizations including the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Friends of Music of Northwest Ohio, and the American Symphony Orchestra League (Washington, D.C.) Always interested in music, Dick wrote the music and lyrics for two campus musical shows while attending Miami University. He was also an accomplished pianist. He additionally served as President of the Lima Area Chamber of Commerce (1976-77), President of the Lima Rotary Club (1973-74), and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Lima Technical College (now Rhodes State College). In 1974 traveled to Israel as one of a delegation of U.S. media representatives selected by the American Zionist Federation. Dick and Norma loved to travel and enjoyed trips to many places including China, Israel, Greece, France, the Caribbean Islands and across the USA. He served as Campaign Chairman of the United Way of Greater Lima for two years and as their President in 1979. As Chairman of the Lima Rotary River Walk Committee in 1986 he steered the successful fund raising effort to construct the original 4.8 miles of the River Walk. After retiring from active business his civic commitment continued for several years by serving as Development Director of the Lima Symphony. Richard was also active in serving his church, First Church of Christ Scientist, in numerous capacities including terms as First Reader, Sunday School Superintendent, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Always a family man, Dick was a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his three children Thom, Carol (Steve) Spackey, Jon (Tamera) Riggs, seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 5, 2021 at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive guests from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home. For those unable to attend the service physically, all are welcome to join the family for a live-stream of the service on the Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChilesLamanFuneralAndCremationServices/. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lima Symphony Orchestra at www.limasymphony.com. Online condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.