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Roger Allen Briggs, 67, of Midland, died September 14, 2020 as a result of a motorcycle accident that occurred while he was traveling in the Ozarks with friends. He was born September 1, 1953 in Midland to Roger and Martha Briggs, who survive him. He graduated from H.H. Dow High School 1971 and Michigan Technological University in 1975.

In addition to his parents, Roger is survived by his wife of 43 years, Martha; their sons Dan (Melanie) and Scott (Lauren), grandchildren Bennett, Kendall, Landon, and Avery; brother Mike (Vicki) Briggs, sister Sue (Dave) Shaw; in-laws Sue (Bill) Pearsey, Beth (Ken) Hansmeier, and Tom Jasper; along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

After a 24-year career as a chemical engineer at the Dow Chemical Company, Roger retired and opened Pro Golf Discount, operating the retail store and driving range for eleven years before retiring for good. He never looked back.

Service was important to Roger: he was an active member of the Kiwassee Kiwanis Club, serving as president twice, Community Service committee chair, and president of the Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation. He and Mike started the Dow High Key Club, and he was treasurer of the New Hope Village Board of Directors. He was also an avid golfer and a fiercely loyal Ohio State Buckeyes fan.

In retirement, Roger and Martha vacationed in Arizona and took many trips, including a visit to the Briggs Farm established in 1785 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Throughout his life, family was everything to him. Whether it was the kids’ sports, spring break ski trips, weekends at his parents’ cottage, reunions, weddings–he soaked up every minute with his immediate and extended family.

A memorial service for Roger will take place Saturday, October 3, at First United Methodist Church, 315 W. Larkin St, Midland, with Rev. Jeff Maxwell officiating. His family will receive friends from 1-3 pm and the service will follow immediately. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Midland Area Schools Chromebook Replacement Project Fund

(https://www.midlandfoundation.org/fund/chromebookreplacementfund/), the Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation (PO Box 1493, Midland MI 48641), or a charity of your choice.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Briggs family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Kevin and Judy Lee

    03 October 2020 3 weeks ago

    What a wonderful gift Roger was to all that knew him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his Martha and family.

  2. Dan Blevins

    02 October 2020 3 weeks ago

    Martha and family: I am so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. He was a great teammate and soccer player with me and the Grasshoppers team for the ten years we played together in Midland back in the 1980’s. May God comfort you in this time.

  3. William Schafer

    02 October 2020 3 weeks ago

    Martha & family, our hearts go out to you. I can’t find the words that you may going through. I remember Roger’s golf league leadership, the outings to Higgins Lake, his happy smiles, always positive. Proud to know him for 30 years…

  4. Roland Wallace

    01 October 2020 3 weeks ago

    So sorry to hear @ Roger! He as a very good friend of mine and I will miss him. May God Bless his family.

  5. Jack & Carol Fitzgerald

    26 September 2020 4 weeks ago

    Mike & Vicki, Our deepest condolences

  6. Fred Boring

    26 September 2020 4 weeks ago

    Dear Martha, Roger, and Martha:
    I have been so sad for you since I learned of Roger’s accident. I know Roger was a kind, community-minded man, and many loved him for that. One of my fondest memories of Roger happened when I was about 10 and he was 9. That summer, I had contracted the worst case of poison ivy ever, all over. We came up to Midland to visit, and I had to take boiling-hot baths of Tide detergent water to dry out all the serum. Roger was very kind to me and helped me in every way he could. He was a true friend, not just a cousin. I will miss his kind smile.

  7. Jan Butler Loveless

    21 September 2020 1 month ago

    Dear Mart and Family, I have thought of you constantly since I learned of Roger’s accident. I was just reading one of Mart’s March posts encouraging others to wear face masks and socially distance for Covid because she so loved her husband, who suffered from heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. I’m glad that instead of passing from any of those ailments, he left this world doing something fun, on vacation with friends. Our hearts are with you. –Jan and Buzz Loveless

  8. Peg Williamson Steeh

    21 September 2020 1 month ago

    Loved growing up with the Briggs family on the lake. Worked together building lots of summers. Roger when you get to heaven give Princess a big hug. Roger was always the leader of the pack and an all around fun person. Our deepest sympathy for all the family and you will be in our prayers.

  9. Dot

    19 September 2020 1 month ago

    My deepest sympathy to all of the Briggs family – send warm thoughts and prayers your way.

  10. Nancy Jackson

    18 September 2020 1 month ago

    Dear Martha and family. My heart goes out to you. Randy and I are so sorry for your loss.

  11. John and Peggy Eckhold

    18 September 2020 1 month ago

    Oh Martha and family we are so sad.

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