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Howard Nathan Riggs

May 10, 1928 — April 28, 2022

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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