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Howard Nathan Riggs

Howard N. Riggs, age 93, of Fayetteville, formerly of Siloam Springs, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2022 at the Willard Walker Hospice in Fayetteville.


Howard was born on May 10, 1928 in Neosho, MO, the son of the late Wilbur and Charlotte Riggs. Also preceding him in death was his wife of 67 years, Johnnye Faye Riggs, and his brother, Marvin.


After high school, Howard proudly enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Later, he joined the Arkansas Army National Guard, retiring at the rank of Colonel after 30 years of service. His awards included; WW II VM, Army Occupation (Japan), JSCM, HSM, MSM, ARCOM, and Legion of Merit. At his retiring, he was the Chief of Staff for the Arkansas National Guard.


His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family.


Howard is survived by 3 children, Steven Wayne Riggs and wife, Leanna of Rogers, Carol Ann Riggs of Fayetteville, and Paul Nathan Riggs of Springdale; 4 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.


A private ceremony will be held at a later date in the Fayetteville National Cemetery.


The family would like to extend their appreciation to the caring staff of Avenir Memory Care in Fayetteville, AR.

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With deepest sympathy. Mary Jane Garner - Bish, former wife of the late Major Kenneth R. Garner, Arkansas ARNG.

Mary Jane Bish May 19 2022 8:36 AM

I served with Col Riggs in the National Guard he was the best Chief of Staff I served with. I was a staff office who reported directly to Col Riggs he was always very supportive and always had the best interest of the national guard in his decisions I’m very proud to say I knew and worked for a great chief of staff and an even better friend Rest In Peace my friend.

Ltc Neil Bryant (ret) May 1 2022 8:31 AM