Bruce E. Briggs, 59, of Stonington, IL died at 1:00 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL.

He was born July 25, 1953 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Louis F. and Helen Louise McClelland Briggs.  On August 11, 1974 he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Jane Coffey in Old Stonington Baptist Church.  Bruce was a 5th generation farmer on the family farm that originated 157 years ago. He was a member and Moderator at Old Stonington Baptist Church.  He graduated from Stonington High School in 1971 and went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he graduated with a degree in Ag Science in 1975.  He was a member of the FarmHouse Fraternity. Bruce was a member and former President of the Stonington Lions Club, member and past President of Stonington Cooperative Grain, member of Christian County Farm Bureau, and Christian County Master Gardeners.

Surviving is his wife, Nancy Briggs of Stonington; Sons: L. Adam Briggs and fiancée Elizabeth Kerch of Brooklyn, NY and R. Ben Briggs and wife Abby of Stonington; Daughter: L. Allison Briggs of Madison, WI; Sisters: Dr. Beverly Briggs and husband Henry Stevens of Beaverton, OR, Margi Briggs-Casson of Steamboat Springs, CO, Nancy Carlson and husband John of Muncie, IN, and Marti Brown and husband
Charles of Dekalb. Aunt: “Aunt Bea” Briggs of Decatur.  There are several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Megan Corine Briggs.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, June 1 at Old Stonington Baptist Church with Rev. Joel Lohr and Rev. Angie Jackson officiating.  Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until time of service in the church on Saturday.

Memorials may be sent to Old Stonington Baptist Church, 2050 E. 1800 North Rd., Stonington, IL  62567.

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