Robert “Bob” Briggs, age 58

Robert “Bob” Briggs

Robert “Bob” Briggs, age 58, Kadoka, S.D., died Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at his home.
Robert Allen Briggs was dropped into the arms of Dorothy and Beauford Briggs on June 15, 1959, at Kadoka Memorial Hospital. Eagerly awaiting baby Robert’s arrival were sisters, Bonnie and Electa, and brothers, Paul and Roger.
Robert attended school in Kadoka and started working at a young age. He mowed neighborhood lawns, worked for Raymond Hicks at the Standard station, and learned how to operate heavy equipment from his brother, Paul. 
With his heavy equipment experience, he worked construction in Gillette, Wyo., driving dump truck. He returned to Kadoka and worked at the Husky Truck Stop for Ike Dale. He later transferred to Amarillo, Texas, where the Dale’s took over another truck stop.
He returned to Kadoka after several months in Texas and started a truck driving career with the help of Grant Patterson. He was not yet 21.
What followed was more than 35 years behind the wheel for companies like Midwest Coast, Tiger Tripp, and White Transportation. He eventually stopped over the road trucking and joined Discount Fuel as their transport driver where he remained until the end.
Bob had an extended family, and no one is more grateful for that  than Bob’s brother, Roger Briggs and his wife, Linda; his sisters, Bonnie Riggins and Electa Preslicka and her husband, Doug; 11 nieces and nephews; 18 great-nieces and nephews; and seven great-great-nieces and nephews; the families of Grant Patterson and Mark Carlson; his friend, Dixie Huber, and countless others in the community who helped encourage Bob to keep on truckin’. 
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Paul Briggs; and a great-niece, Natasha.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the Kadoka City Auditorium.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gus Craven officiating.
Interment will be at the Kadoka Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.
His online guestbook is available at
A memorial has been established to the Kadoka Ambulance Service.

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