Riggs, age 91, of Chesterton passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2015 at
She was born
November 22, 1924, in Kankakee, Illinois, to Irene (Powell) Ravn and John
Ravn who preceded her in death.
Also preceding her
in death was her husband of 72 years, Warren Riggs, and brother, Clarence
She is survived by
son John Riggs of Bellingham, WA, daughter Penny (Jim) Marx of Valparaiso,
IN along with grandchildren Brian Marx of Porter, IN, John (Holly) Marx of
Valparaiso, IN, and Andrew (Jessie) Riggs of Bellingham, WA. She also leaves
behind seven great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, and her
sister Cathy (Bill) Silva of Libby, MT.
During WWII she and
Warren were married in Boston, Mass. He served on the USS Baltimore and
after his departure she returned to Kankakee and signed up to work at Kaiser
Ship Yards, Vancouver, WA. At that time workers were recruited and given
free transportation from coast to coast to aid in the war effort. So her
mother packed a basket full of food and she boarded a train in Kankakee, and
was delivered to a dormitory in Vancouver, WA, to be trained as a welder,
specializing in vertical and overhead welding. She began building Liberty
ships and later built Victory ships. These welders became known as “Rosie
the Riveter”. Once her husband’s ship, the USS Baltimore became damaged in
the South Pacific and was sent to Mare Island (San Francisco) she
transferred from Vancouver to Mare Island to be with him during the repair
project. After the war she utilized her overhead welding training by working
for General Motors in Chicago. In 1957 Laurie and Warren moved to Chesterton
where they were best known for being the owners of Riggs’ A & W Drive-In,
later converted to a family style restaurant known as Riggs’ Fireside Inn.
A private family
service has been held. Memorials may be given to VNA Horton Hospice, in
Eulora’s name, to 2404 Valparaiso, IN, 46383.
under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton.
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