PALMYRA — Hugh H. Driggs, age 76, of Palmyra, died December 12, 2012 at Tecumseh Place II, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.
Hugh was born in Toledo, Ohio on December 16, 1935, to Howard Hugh and Lucille (Dittman) Driggs. Hugh graduated from Blissfield High School and attended Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University.
Hugh was a member of the Palmyra Community Presbyterian Church; and the Palmyra Township zoning board and Palmyra Township Cemetery Association.
Hugh enjoyed trap shooting which earned him many awards. He was a life member of the National Trapshooting Association and was inducted into the National Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1992. He was also a life member of the Michigan Trapshooting Association and was inducted into the Michigan Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame in 1990. Hugh was also a member of the N.R.A. and of the Palmyra #184 Lodge of Masons, holding the position of Master.
He was preceded in death by his parents. His survivors include his loving wife, Lee Ellen, three step children, Tami (Brian) Buschmann of Ogden; Todd (Reyna) Knierim of Adrian; and Keith Knierim, co-owner and operator of H.H. Driggs Farms of Palmyra. He was exceptionally close to four of his grandchildren, Nikki Lee Welever, Ashley Ann Fowler, Blade Hastings Knierim, Breann Lee Knierim and great grandson, Joel Anthony. He is also survived by his brother, Howard H. (Jeannie) Driggs of Toledo and his children, Holly, Hale, Hunter and Heather.
Besides his family, Hugh will be greatly missed by his “fab” five classmates of 1954 from B.H.S., who have remained in close contact throughout the years; his brother Howard, Ken Mitchell, Jim Siering, DeArle Stucker and Loraine Bell (who passed in October of this year). He will also be missed by his good friend and longtime shooting partner, Dave Berlet.
Funeral services for Hugh were at 1 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2012, at the Tagsold Chapel, Wagley Funeral Home, Blissfield with the Rev. Bob Bidwell officiating. Visitation was Sunday, December 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with a Masonic Service which started at 7 p.m. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Palmyra Community Presbyterian Church, Palmyra Masons #184, Palmyra Fire Department or to the Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Arrangements were entrusted to Wagley Funeral Home where on line condolences may be made to the family at www.WagleyFuneralHome.com