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March 30, 2023

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Celebration of Life for Roger Briggs March 5 at American Legion

Roger W. Briggs, 75, of Racine, died on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023 surrounded by his loving family at his home, following a lengthy illness.
Roger Wayne Briggs was born on April 10, 1947 in Spring Valley to
Grant and Julia (Rustad ) Briggs. He grew up in Spring Valley, attended school there, graduating from Spring Valley High School in 1966. He served in the US Army from 1966 to 1972 including combat duty overseas in Vietnam.
Roger was married on April 14, 1973, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa to Kathleen Ellefson. Following their marriage the couple lived in Racine, where they raised their children and have continued to make their home. Roger was employed at Crenlo LLC in Rochester for 46 years, mainly as a supervisor. Kathy was a homemaker and was employed at the 7th Rib in Racine for a number of years and also was employed at Kwik Trip in Stewartville. Roger was a member of the Stewartville Americn Legion Post 164. He enjoyed traveling with Kathy, including trips to Jamaica and Florida, camping with his family, and mowing his yard. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Roger is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathy; two daughters, Jodie (Trevor) Cogswell of Kasson and Lezlie (Scott) Emanuel of rural Stewartville; his son, Jeff (Jessica) Briggs of Kasson; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Faith Briggs; five brothers; and six sisters.
In keeping with Rogers's wishes no memorial services will be held. A Celebration of Life for Roger will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2023 from 1-5 p.m. at the Stewartville American Legion, with milirary honors by Stewartville American Legion Post 164 at 2 p.m.
Burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston at a later date.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Roger are welcome at

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