Stephen James Riggins

Stephen James Riggins, 66, of Poynette/Sun Prairie WI, passed away suddenly on Jan. 10 2020 alongside his faithful companion Ruby the lab, in a car accident.

Steve was born on July 19 1953, to William and Rhoda Riggins in Milwaukee WI. In High School he found his passion for track and cross country. After graduating from South Milwaukee High School in 1971, he went on to study History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He later received his Masters at Cardinal Stritch University. After graduation, Steve served as a legislative aide at the Wisconsin State Capital. He began his teaching career in Frankfort IN, where he met his beloved Deb. Shortly after returning to WI in 1981, he started teaching at Sun Prairie High School which lead to a 30-year career at SPHS, as a US History Teacher and a beloved Cross Country and Track Coach. After retirement, Steve was selected as a reader for the National Advanced Placement US History examination for 8 years. He wed Deb (Lytle) Riggins in 1981, and completing his family are his three children, Celeste (Cripe) Burau, Kelsey Riggins and Jud Riggins. After retiring in 2011, Steve and Deb retired to Lake WI and spent his time socializing, golfing, fishing, boating, listening to music and delivering medications across WI for O'Connell Pharmacy. He joined the Lions of Sun Prairie and later he and Deb became Lake Wisconsin Lions. Deb and Steve served on the Sunshine Supper Committee together. He was an avid UW Badger fan and they were UW basketball season ticket holders for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife Deb Riggins; his three children Celeste (Troy) Burau, Kelsey (Adam) Riggins, Jud Riggins and "little buddies" his grandchildren, Lexton and Albany; his sister Carrie E Riggins (Bobby) Bones, her three children and six grandchildren, his brother John (Sharon) Riggins, his two children and two grandchildren. And along with countless friends, family and colleagues.

Steve was preceded in death by his father and mother William and Rhoda Riggins, mother and father in law Judson and Mary Jane Lytle.

A Memorial Service will be held at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, 702 North Street, Sun Prairie on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jenny Arneson officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of service. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the following organizations in honor of Steve Riggins, Sunshine Supper of Sun Prairie,1632 W Main St, Sun Prairie WI 53590 or The Lake Wisconsin Alliance PO Box 172, Poynette WI 53955. Please share your memories at

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