The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


October 26, 2013

Richard Terry Briggs

Richard Terry Briggs, 67, died at 6:45 a.m. MST Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at his home in Goodyear, Ariz.

Born on Oct. 5, 1946, Terry was the son of Jack and Irene Briggs of Danville.

Terry was a dedicated family man who lived a life of service to others. He attended Danville schools, and after Army service, returned to raise a family and serve for 20 years as an officer of the Danville Police Department. Terry also served as an investigator of child abuse for the State of Illinois.

A graduate of Indiana State University and a licensed Realtor, Terry served as a member of the Danville Board of Education, a member of Second Church of Christ and as a volunteer of the Special Olympics and other charitable organizations.

Terry had a gentle demeanor and a keen wit. A lifelong reader, Terry never stopped learning about subjects of interest, such as his Christian faith, history, mysteries and nature.

Surviving are: wife of 45 years, Mun Sik “Kim” Briggs of Goodyear, Ariz.; daughter Teresa Briggs of Big Pine Key, Fla., and grandchildren, Gabrielle and Jacob; daughter Michelle (Greg) Walters of Goodyear, Ariz., and grandchildren Lillian and Micah; step-grandchildren Nathan (Kim) Walters of Yreka, Calif., Carey (Sol) Ludwick of Haymarket, Va., and Laura Walters of Phoenix, Ariz., and their families. He also is survived by his sister-in-law, Sin Sik Kim-Keerns of Goodyear, Ariz.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis Briggs; and brother-in-law Melvin Keerns.

Terry will be laid to rest with military honors at 12:30 p.m. MST Friday, Nov. 1, at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Terry’s family is grateful for the care and compassion received at the Hayden V.A. Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Condolences may be sent to

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