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Rockford Ray Riggs Jr.

03/29/1933 - 07/03/2019
Service Date: 07/19/2019
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1483 N. Driftwood, Gilbert, Arizona
Visitation Date: 07/19/2019
Visitation Time: 10:00 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1483 N. Driftwood, Gilbert, Arizona
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, Arizona

Rockford Ray Riggs Jr. (Ray) passed away at 86 peacefully in his home on July 3, 2019.

Ray was first born on six brothers, parents of Rockford Ray Riggs and Julia Anna Riggs on March 29, 1933 in St. Johns, Arizona.

Ray graduated from West High in Phoenix, Arizona and shortly thereafter enlisted in the United States Army and he reported to Fort Ord in California.  When he came home from boot camp he met our beautiful Burnetta Sue Wahlin.  They both were smitten with each other, had a short courtship and were married in Phoenix, Arizona on November 11, 1954.

Ray was deployed to Wiesbaden Germany shortly after their honeymoon and Sue joined him in Germany a few months later.  Ray served in Germany approximately 1 – ½ years, during which time Rockford Ray Riggs III was born.  It was shortly after that Ray was honorably discharged April of 1956 and the family returned back to Arizona.

A year later Ray, Sue and Rocky were off to Utah, where Ray attended 1 semester at Brigham Young University until hunting season started and that was the end of that.

They came back to Phoenix, Arizona where Julianne was born May 31, 1959.

Ray started working a successful real-estate Company with his father, Rockford Ray Riggs, he gave it a try, but soon realized office life wasn’t for him.  That’s when he started working and enjoying construction and was a superintendent and heavy equipment operator as he loved the outdoors.

Ray led a happy, active life filled with family, friends and activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, playing cards, watching western movies, and loved watching and supporting his kids and grandchildren in all their different sporting events.

Ray served a Stake Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with many other church callings such as Sunday School superintendent etc.  He enjoyed coaching basketball and baseball and through that he helped many young men fulfill their own missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ray will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.  He is survived by Burnetta Sue of 65 years, children Rockford Ray Riggs III and Julianne Jarvis, 11 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 1483 N. Driftwood, Gilbert, Arizona on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., viewing for family and friends will start at 10:00 a.m


  • Karen Riggs Formost

    My heartfelt love and condolences to you Sue, Rocky, Julianne, and family. I remember all of our family home evenings we shared together in Phoenix. Ray was so much fun and such a tease. He was also so handsome! I’m sorry I’ve lost touch with you over the years, but I’m sending a big hug with the hope we can connect again. May you feel comforted and at peace. Love, Karen

  • Stephanie (Allred) Brower

    Aunt Sue, Rocky, Julie, and families, know that you are in our hearts and prayers! I wish I could be there but I will be there in spirit. I loved Uncle Ray so much and will miss him! I love you all and pray you can find comfort during this difficult time!


  • Love you Grandpa… always and forever! My kids.. your great grandkids love you! 💙

  • Sue-So sorry to hear this. Frank will greet him with open arms. They served together on Stake Missions. They surely enjoyed each other. ❤️

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