Tuffy Riggins, age 88 of Wall, S.D., died Friday, July 22, 2011, at his home north of Wall.
Jess Timothy Loras Douglas "Tuffy" Riggins was born the son of Floyd and Marie (Dugan) Riggins on March 1, 1923, in Kingsley, Iowa. He was the middle child of 11. In 1931, the family moved to the Garner place on Bear Creek in Washabaugh County, S.D.
Tuffy had many interesting experiences. As a young man, his first job was delivering "milk." At 13, Tuffy and his brother, Wayne, hopped a freight train to Montana where he started a short career as a race horse jockey.
At 16, Tuffy entered the service and served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received an honorable discharge. He continued to be very active in the American Legion and held the position of District Nine commander and area vice commander. He was a member of Martin, Wanblee and most recently Wall posts.
After his discharge from the military, he married Shirley Bauman and they had one child, Rosan.
On June 1, 1947, Tuffy was united in marriage to Lola Joyce Young. They made their home east of Wanblee and had three children, Stuart, Kelly and Lynn. In their later years, they sold the place and moved north of Wall to be close to family.
Over the years, Tuffy was a bricklayer, spent two years as steel foreman on a construction crew for the new Interstate 90, was ring man for several area sale barns, as well as farmed and ranch at home.
Tuffy had always enjoyed the cowboy way of life, riding bareback in his younger days and roping as he got older.
Some of his greatest joys were running "his" gate at the rodeo grounds, meeting the mailman, branding, fishing, dancing, participating in the Honor Flight, and regailing his stories with anyone who had a chance to listen.
In Tuffy's life there were no strangers, only friends he hadn't met yet.
Tuffy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Cecil, Rex, Harold, Lynden and Jerry; his sister, Ercell; a grandson, Timothy Paul; and a great-grandson, Michael.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Lola Joyce of Wall; sons, Stuart (Tracy) of Logandale, Nev.; Kelly (Denise) of Philip; daughters, Rosan (Dick) Monaghan of Lenore, Idaho, and Lynn (Shaun) McKay of Wall; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Wayne (Bonnie) Riggins of Wanblee; sisters, Cloreta Eisenbraun of Kadoka, Faye Eisenbraun of Kadoka, and Valene (Bud) Perault of Belvidere; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Darwin Kopfmann and Pastor Gus Craven officiating.
Interment with military honors will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com