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Richard A. “Rick” Briggs, age 53, of Buffalo, MN, formerly of Watertown, SD, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at his residence from a two year battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm., with a rosary at 6:30 pm on Friday, February 17, 2023 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Richard Fox officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Watertown, SD.

Richard Alfred Briggs, son of Dale and Paula (Wirtz) Briggs was born February 14, 1969 in Watertown, SD. He attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Watertown High School in 1987.  Rick worked at Larson’s Clothing while in high school. He went to real estate pre-licensing school while he was a senior in high school and began working for Century 21 Helland Realty right after graduation. Rick worked as a Memorial Counselor for Watertown Monument Works, and then entered the insurance business in 1989 with American Bankers Life Assurance Company. Rick was on the Watertown Volunteer Dive & Rescue Team.

In 1992, he moved to Minneapolis and worked with the Ross Nesbit Agency in their Elk River office as General Manager.  In 1998, he moved back to SD and took a position with Norwest in their Groton location as manager of Norwest Insurance and in 2000 he began working as an agent for Stoudt’s Insurance in Watertown.

In 2001, Rick moved back to the Minneapolis area and found his home with Thomes Insurance Agency in Buffalo, MN.  He headed up their bail bond division, and in 2017, he purchased Thomes Bail Bonds.

Rick was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church in Buffalo, MN, the Knights of Columbus, and the Buffalo American Legion.  He began the effort for what became the Elk River Boys and Girls Club, was a past Chairman of the Board of the Elk River ABBA Crisis Pregnancy Center.

He enjoyed golfing, outings at his friend Shawn’s cabin up north, his home at Travler’s Country Club on the Mississippi, and being with his family and friends.

Rick is survived by his sisters Tammy (Briggs) Mashek, Sherry (Paul) Conrad, and Bonita Briggs, and brother Mike (Loretta) Briggs, all of Watertown; as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; his aunt Donna Briggs; many cousins and friends; a special young lady that Rick thought of as a daughter, Elizabeth Vought; and three grandchildren, Hayden, Austin and Savannah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Cindy Briggs, nephew Victor Briggs, paternal grandparents Alfred and Margaret Briggs, maternal grandparents Paul and Ruth Wirtz, and many uncles and aunts that Rick loved very much.

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Barbara Billing-Smith

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. His special smile will be missed. May the many happy memories and special times carry you through the days ahead.

  2. Tedd D elliott

    I am so sorry to hear of this. Rick was a great guy and a good friend.

  3. Robert, Rosalind and Jacob Zils

    We are sad to hear of Rick’s passing. He was our favorite neighbor in Buffalo for several years and became a great friend as well. He loved keeping a nice yard, hanging out on the patio and was kind to dogs as well. Liz and family – you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Brian Elliott

    RIP my friend!

  5. James Mikelson

    From the Grand Knight of the St. Francis Xavier Council, I wish to extend our prayers to Rick and his family. Our prayers are with you all, and for his soul in the hands of our Beloved Lord.

    I knew him personally and met with him on several occasions. He was such a pleasure to visit with, and we had some awesome conversations on his personal thoughts, and about our shared faith.

    Peace be with you, my friend.

  6. Linda

    Rick was an amazing guy and a friend to many. He always had a smile and kind words for everyone he came in contact with. you will be missed my friend rest in peace.

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  8. BJ Brengman

    Liz and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’ll keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Melissa Latterell

    My heart is broken
    I just found out today while I am in Buffalo. You will forever be loved by the Latterell family


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