John Briggs

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John Jason Briggs, 83, of Volga, Iowa, passed away at his residence in Volga on Thursday, August 27. He was born on September 22, 1931, at his grandma’s house in Mechanicsville, the son of George G. and Lucy L. (Ford) Briggs.

John attended country school near Lisbon and was a 1949 Lisbon High School graduate.  After school he worked at Eddy Paper in Cedar Rapids.  He also sheared sheep for local farmers and the Dubuque Packing Company.

On November 17, 1950, John was united in marriage to Loretta VanAmburg in Anamosa.  Together they settled near Urbana to farm. In 1964, John purchased his first farm. The family then moved to a farm near Chicken Ridge south of Elkader where they lived until 1994 when they retired to Volga.

John started playing music with his father at a very young age. He loved playing music and later played with The Good Timers, The Shindiggers, and The Playboys. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and camping trips with their very good friends, Homer and Marge Curtis.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Loretta, Volga; three children, Ernest (Bobbie Jo Nelson) Briggs, Whipholt, MN, Bob (Cindy) Briggs of Urbana, and Gina Lou Briggs, of Volga; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and his brother, George “Dick” (Mary) Briggs,  Lisbon.

John was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, Dale and Bruce VanAmburg; and one sister-in-law, Jane Paradis.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Volga, Iowa. Pastor Julie Ahrens officiated. A visitation was held from 9-10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015, at the church. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mechanicsville.

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home assisted the family. Online condolences may be sent to




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