Ronald A. “Ronnie” Briggs Jr. 29, of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017 in Santa Ana, California.
He was born March 18, 1988 in Belleville, Illinois, a son of Ronald A. and Patricia A. (Joshu) Briggs.
He was a 2006 graduate of Granite City High School where he was active with track and field and cross country. He later graduated in 2012 from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work.
He was always trying to help others and enjoyed his many years of volunteering with many organizations throughout the community. He enjoyed Tae Kwon Do and had a special love for all animals but cherished his cat, “Wednesday”. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved parents, he is survived by a grandfather, Robert L. Joshu of Granite City; aunts and uncles, Harry A. and Clabbie Briggs of Granite City, Bradley Michael Briggs of Madison, Susan Sandoval of Lexington, Kentucky and Robert W. and Julia Joshu of Cold Springs, Texas, Kathy and Steve Brown of Granite City and Cindy and Phil Drennan of Granite City; many cousins; other extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Angela Ann Briggs and grandparents, Harry and Pauline Briggs and Lorraine Joshu.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Zachary Edgar as celebrant.
Cremation rites will follow and burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights at a later date.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to the St. Louis Zoo or the Granite City A.P.A. and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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