Dave was born on August 10, 1948 in Danville, Illinois, to Asa Kendall Riggs and Helen Pauline (Ramsey) Riggs.
Dave grew up on a farm, learning to work hard at an early age. He graduated from North Vermillion High School and then moved to Lafayette, Indiana, to attend Purdue University. Dave remained in Lafayette for most of his adult life, making many friends from all walks of life. He worked as a building contractor for Smith Enterprises and as a self-employed contractor. In 1975 he married his former wife Pat Dye and raised two daughters.
In 2006 Dave moved to Lynchburg, Tennessee. He loved his hilltop home and kept busy in the woodworking shop that he recently built. He quickly established a new circle of friends, enjoying breakfast almost daily with several of them at the Iron Kettle Restaurant. His only complaint was that he could not get a good steak in Tennessee, so he made a ritual of going to TC’s in Battle Ground to enjoy a filet mignon every time he returned to Indiana.
Dave will be remembered for his independent and generous spirit; he was always ready to lend a helping hand. He was friendly to everyone and never knew a stranger. He also had a lightning-quick wit, and a snore that will echo through the ages!
Dave is survived by his brother Thomas Riggs (wife Doris); his two daughters, Shannon Burdick, of Annapolis, Maryland, and Blair Riggs, of West Lafayette, Indiana; and three grandchildren, Sophia, Julien and Arek.
Dave loved his Hungarian Vizsla dogs, so please make any memorial donations to Vizsla Rescue (see:https://donate.rescueme.org/vizsla) or your favorite animal shelter.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 9th at 2:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906.
No local services are scheduled.
DAVES-CULBERSTON FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS