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Hank Briggs


Hank Briggs, 71, of Clearfield died Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at his home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Clearfield Christian Church. The Rev. Al Rusk will officiate the service. Open visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Burial with military honors will be done by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Armstrong Funeral Home of Clearfield and Mount Ayr are handling arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at  

Henry R “Hank” Briggs, son of Henry “Ralph” and Wyona (Stoops) Briggs, was born Jan. 24, 1947, on the home farm in Taylor County. He attended primary school and high school in several locations across Taylor County. He left home at 17, pursuing careers as a farm hand, carpenter, veterinarian assistant and brick and concrete mason, until 1972, when he joined the United States Navy. As a new recruit, he built block training aids for the Navy Seabees. He served from Nov. 20, 1972, until Oct. 3, 1975. After his tour of duty, he resumed his normal daily routine as brick and concrete mason, until 1989, when he decided to go back to school. Hank graduated from SWCC after completing auto body repair and auto mechanic programs. He later worked for Sue’s Lumber, city of Bedford and Wellmans Fansteel Dynamic, where he worked as a molder for more than 20 years until the time of his death.

In 1964, Hank married Suzanne Straight, and to this union, Tammy was born. Seven years later, they divorced.

In 1972, Hank married Mary Austin, and to this union, three boys were born, Henry “Todd,” Clifford and Lucas. Twenty years later they divorced.

On Sept. 24, 1995, Hank married Deborah Schutt, and to this union son Michael was born. Hank and Deb resided in Clearfield together.

Hank is survived by his wife Deb Briggs; daughter Tammy Briggs; sons, Henry “Todd” (Sherri) Briggs, Clifford (Tonya) Briggs, Lucas (Danelle) Briggs and Michael Briggs (girlfriend Danielle Luhrs); sisters, Barb (Jerry) Mattson and Debbie (Todd) Brummett; grandchildren, Brandon Wilcox (girlfriend Ashly Fritz), Rachael Wilcox, Keisha Sparks, Henry “Christian” Briggs, Elijah Briggs, Nathaniel Briggs, Peyton Briggs, Tucker Briggs, Brodrick Briggs, Arianna Briggs, Colton Briggs, Hope Briggs and Johnathan Briggs; and great-grandchildren, Torri Kephart, Creed Wilcox, Christopher Kephart, Danielle Wilcox and Lilyth Wilcox . 

Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Wyona; and sister Thelma “Fern” (Paul) French.

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