Sep. 5, 2006 Helena Lewis and Clark County Montana, USA
Bernard J. "Brigg" Briggeman Sr., 94, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, as a result of an automobile accident.
Brigg was born at the family home in Jens July 7, 1912, to Martin and Catherine Briggeman. He was raised in the Drummond and Deer Lodge area. He went to work for Northern Pacific Transport following high school.
He married Mayme Cumming and they lived in the Butte/Anaconda and Missoula areas. They had two sons, Bernie and Ron. He then moved to Helena and later married Virginia O'Neil. At the time of his retirement he was working as the bureau chief of the Mine Safety Bureau, Workers Compensation.
Brigg's favorite times were enjoying family reunions gathered at the family ranch in Jens, and watching his grandsons play baseball and football. He was an avid bowler and bowled until he was 80. Brigg was a proud, independent and strong man. His home was open where friends and family enjoyed his sense of humor and love of life. You could often find him surrounded by several little four-legged friends.
He was preceded in death by wife, Mayme, his wife, Virginia, and two grandsons, Brad and Todd Briggeman.
Brigg is survived by longtime companion, Doris Stine; sons, Bernie and his wife Frances, Ron and his wife Shari, and daughter Kathleen Natzel; grandchildren, Curt and his wife Leighann, Trevor, Tim and his wife, Cindy; and great-grandchildren, Kamye, NaLeigh, Drew, Branson, Braeden and a new one due in November.
He is the oldest of the five siblings: Carmel Perkins, Frances Duff, Martin (Dale) Briggeman and Don (Georgia) Briggeman, and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church, 1700 Missoula Ave., Helena, with graveside services to be held at 1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. A reception will follow at Don and Georgia Briggeman's home at 409 Milwaukee, Deer Lodge.
Memorials: Lewis and Clark Humane Society, Box 4455, Helena, MT 59604-4455 or the American Cancer Society, 550 N. 31st St., Suite 103, Billings 59101, or a memorial of your choice.