Lonnie J. Briggs

Lonnie Jerome Briggs, 74, of Elk Mountain, Wyoming, passed away where he loved being most in the mountains, on September 15, 2022.

On July 26, 1948, Elsie Briggs (Delinger) and Alexander Briggs welcomed Lonnie Briggs to their family.

Lonnie Briggs was a very hardworking and loyal person. From serving in the United States Army where he was stationed in Korea from October, 1967 until May, 1969. During his high school summers, he worked in the hay fields to provide for himself and his brothers. He was also a fourth-generation coal miner for 43 years; never losing sight of what was most important, his family. At age 18, he began dating his future wife, Wendy Wise. They married on August 23, 1969, in Hanna, Wyoming. He lived his life as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Not only was Lonnie a family-oriented man, but he was also very involved in the community. As a proud Veteran he displayed flags at the Elk Mountain cemetery during Memorial Day and was on the cemetery board. He cared for the grounds at the Elk Mountain Cemetery for over 20 years. Lonnie was commander of the Hanna, WY V.F.W. post. He enjoyed organizing the annual Labor Day celebration at Elk Mountain as well as Memorial Day dinners in Hanna. He also enjoyed coaching little league baseball and officiating highschool basketball games. Lonnie loved hunting, trapping, fishing, camping, and watching his grandkids play sports like track, basketball, volleyball, and football. He was a very outgoing and friendly guy to everyone he met. Lonnie loved his kids and his family so much and was always considered to be the life of the party by those around him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Tammy Shinkle, brother Dwight Briggs, and sister Clara Stone.

Lonnie is missed dearly by those surviving him in life; his loving wife of 53 years Wendy Briggs; his children Kimberly Irene (Morgan) of Elk Mountain, Lori Acton (Darryl) of Rawlins, Jenelle Larson (Todd) of Rawlins, a son-in-law Gordon (Mary) Shinkle; grandchildren Ryan, Colton, Trevor L., Garrett, Marissa, Kelsie, Trevor P., Mitchell, Brett, Brooklyn, Britney, and several great-grandchildren; and his siblings A.D. Briggs (Sharon), Orrill Briggs (Debbie), Robert Briggs (Penny), and Bill Briggs.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at the Christ Lutheran Church in Rawlins at 10:30 a.m. Public viewing will be at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow the services at the Elk Mountain Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church, PO Box 397, Rawlins, WY 82301.

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Condolences (10)

  • Kenneth and Stephanie Karstoft

    Wendy, Kim and the Briggs and Irene Families We are sorry to hear about the loss of Lonnie. We enjoyed visiting with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May memories bring smiles to your lips, laughter and joy to your heart. Lonnie was a great guy. It is wonderful knowing he is hunting that big elk in heaven. Sending sincere sympathy and prayers

  • Leroy Aragon

    Dear Briggs family you have lost a good man,Lonnie would play with us kids play army cowboys and Indians tag and other games.He always had time for the younger kids he will always be remembered God Bless.

  • Tonya

    So very sorry you all are having to go thru this devastating loss. I spoke to Lonnie a handful of times in life ,and he always treated me with kindness and support. I very much appreciated the information given to me.. Although we never did get to meet in person, I will one day and it will be an honor! GOD BLESS the family and remember all the amazing times you've shared. Wendy, be strong and carry on. Tonya

  • Roberta Henderson

    Dear Wendy and family, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and how sorry I am to hear of Lonnie's passing...he was a wonderful man and I am so grateful that you and he were blessed with many years together Wendy. He is watching over you all right now and wrapped in God's loving arm's.

  • Jim Hilbird

    Lonnie was a good man and friend.I worked with him quite awhile ago.I always enjoyed visiting with him when I went to Hanna.Lonnie will be missed.My condolences to Wendy and family….

  • Sue Ellis Jones

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you comfort and strength.

  • Bill Jussila

    So sorry to hear of Lonnie's passing. Had the pleaser of knowing him for a number of years. I have helped with Memorial Day in Hanna every year. Very nice guy I was always glad to see. Blessing to all. Fellow Veteran and Kindergarden classmate. Bill Jussila. Laramie

  • Sue Cowdin

    So so sorry to hear about Lonnie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Peg Colson

    My heart aches for all of you. Sending sincere sympathy and prayers.

  • Gayle Adams

    This is just so sad. Lonnie was always so full of life and leaves a beautiful legacy. Prayers for Wendy and family and for his brothers. Heaven gained a bright star. ❤️


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