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.