John E. Briggs, 84, Reading: June 9, 1931 – Feb. 10, 2016

READING, Kan. – John E. “Jack” Briggs, 84, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at KU Medical Center, in Kansas City. John was born June 9, 1931, in Hartford, Kan., the son of Edwin “Ted” and Mary (Parry) Briggs. He graduated from Neosho Rapids High School.

He was joined in marriage to Edna May Woods on Nov. 27, 1952, in Emporia, Kan. She preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 1996.

John, also known to friends as “Jack” was a farmer and rancher in Osage County. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, but was never observed cleaning any of them. His greatest enjoyment was being with family and friends at his shop.

He will be remembered by his two sons, John M. (Teresa) Briggs and Scott A. (Jann) Briggs, both of Reading, Kan.; four grandchildren, Jefferson Briggs, Reading, Parry Briggs, St. George, Kan., Michael Briggs and Angela Podrebarac, both of Emporia; and six great-grandchildren.

Cremation is planned and memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the First United Methodist Church, in Reading. Inurnment will be in Arvonia Cemetery, north of Lebo.

Memorial contributions may be made to John E. Briggs and sent in care of Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, PO Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856. Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.

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