Walking On -- David Emery Riggs

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David Emery Riggs

May 19, 1955 – Oct. 22, 2019

Grand Ronde Tribal Elder David Emery Riggs, 64, a resident of Monmouth and formerly of Salem, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.

He was born on May 19, 1955, in Dallas, Ore., the son of Lewis Leo and Doris Jane LaRose Riggs. He lived for a short time in Grand Ronde, but did most of his growing up in the Salem area. He graduated from North Salem High School. He worked for Spirit Mountain Casino as a buffet attendant and also as a slot machine attendant.

He enjoyed keeping a journal, writing stories, reading and collecting record albums.

He is survived by three sisters, Louise Coulson of Grand Ronde, Georgene Gray of Salem and Una Birchum of Salem, along with many nieces of nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the Grand Ronde Cemetery sanctuary building. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family.