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Monday, June 24, 2024

Jerre Salmon Riggs, Jr.

Jerre Salmon Riggs, Jr., better known as “J”, of Blairstown, passed away with family at his side on June 3, 2023 at the age of 83.

He was born in Dover, New Jersey, to the late Jerre and Herbertha (Salmon) Riggs, Sr. After graduating from Wilmington College, J served in the United States Army. He held various jobs in Ohio, Kentucky, and Florida before returning to New Jersey where he was an estimator and office manager for Salmon Bros, Inc., a multi-generational road construction business, until his retirement in 2008.

J was part of the American Legion Post 418, Ruffed Grouse Society, RC plantation and the NRA. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed land management and conservation across his properties. Some of his hobbies included golfing, playing softball, bird/deer hunting, and fishing with his grandchildren. J also had a special knack for operating heavy equipment. Spending time with his family and friends is what truly made J’s day.

J is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara “Bobby” Riggs of Blairstown, NJ. He is also survived by his daughter Renee and her husband Fred Fiesseler of Long Valley, NJ and his son Travis and his wife Meghan Riggs of Commerce, GA. Also his grandchildren Sam, Megan, and Julia Fiesseler and Patrick and Joseph Riggs. He is also survived by his brothers Jetur Riggs and Joel Riggs. He is predeceased by his siblings Marilyn Meshach, Rodney Riggs, and Molly Riggs.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Blairstown Ambulance Corps, Blairstown Hose Company No 1, or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Jerre has been entrusted to the care of the Newbaker Funeral Home, Blairstown, NJ.