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Edward Glenn Riggs, 66, peacefully passed away on November 26, 2021, at his home in Independence, MO.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, December 10, 2021, at New Song Christian Fellowship, 5703 N Flora Ave, Kansas City, MO 64118. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm, Sunday, December 12, 2021, at Mountain Grove Cemetery in Mountain Grove, MO.
Ed was born on April 10, 1955, in Mountain Grove, MO. Later, Ed’s family moved to Kansas City, MO. Ed graduated from Ruskin High School, Kansas City, MO, in 1973.
By the time of his graduation, Ed was already a working musician. Music was Ed’s lifelong passion, and he was a very successful bass player. Bands he played in, to name a few, included Bonita Shortline, The Urge, The Spike Blake Band in Nashville, TN; and, more recently, The Kaopectones and Mark and the Sharks.
In addition, Ed was co-owner of ConEd, a company which provided sound production, systems and engineers for musical events and other venues. Ed was a well-known sound engineer and in great demand for the quality of his mixes. He worked with both regional and national music artists such as Liverpool, They Only Look Dead, Charlie and the Stringrays, Trampled Under Foot and many more too numerous to name. Over a period of almost 20 years, along with ConEd’s co-owner, Connie Smith, Ed was instrumental in developing and growing the Main Stage at the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce’s yearly Oktoberfest.
Ed also gave back. He volunteered for many types of fundraisers to help others in need. Ed was known as a good friend, someone who was ‘there’ when needed. To many, he was also a reliable and knowledgeable source of information, a teacher, a mentor.
Ed was preceded in death by his mother Leila Mae Riggs of Mountain Grove, MO, and many well-loved aunts, uncles and friends.
Survivors include spouse, Brenda Kay Menefee of Independence, MO; daughter, Amanda Dean Riggs of Kansas City, MO; father, Glenn Harold Riggs of Mountain Grove, MO; brother, Thomas Lloyd Riggs and spouse, Darlene, of Springfield, MO; brother, David James Riggs and spouse, Sheila, of Mountain Grove, MO; nephew Zane T. Riggs and spouse, Brooke, of Raymore, MO; niece, Zoie E. Riggs of Raymore, MO, and many well-loved aunt, uncles, cousins and friends.
John Barbarich, Phoenix Rising Studio says
I love you brother, I am going to greatly miss our sessions and the long talks………you were a best friend and a gem…..
Mindy Gallagher says
Ed helped Jimmy and I numerous times in a pinch as well as being a wonderful friend and bandmate to my Jimmy. Play on, Ed and remember to keep in in line. ?
Bob Gillaspie says
Condolences, Peace, Love, Prayers to the Riggs Family.
Mark Toelkes says
Our sincere condolences to all of Ed’s family and friends. You will be missed and your memories will live with us forever. We love you buddy. Mark and The Sharks.
Terri Brendel says
Ed you were one special Man. You are missed by so many! Prayers and Peace for your love ones.
Randy Hensley Sr. says
Ed will be missed by so many. He was awesome musician and friend. Went to Ruskin High School years ago but more recent hooked back up listening to him on bass for the Kaopectones. He was just a real decent soul and like I said will be missed….RIP….Prayers and hugs for Brenda and family….
Jim Beilman says
I met Ed in the 70’s while he was playing in Bonita Shortline. We shared playing bass, running sound and enjoying Northern Lights over the decades. It was might pleasure to be lucky enough to have Ed in my life. Miss You!
Carl Worden says
RIP Ed. My life was forever changed when you took a chance on me and of course we became musical brothers and lifelong friends as well. Heaven’s gain is most certainly our loss. Miss you my friend!!
Deb & Mike Gann says
My heart goes out to Ed’s wife and kids. A life cut to short. I think he is in heaven making music with all the angels. I pray you will feel Jesus arms around you and peace.
Terri Taylor says
With deepest condolences for Brenda and her family and condolences to Ed’s family.
Kathy Eaton says
Peace be with you Ed. Love you like a brother. Will miss you so much! Prayers to Brenda and family and so many friends.
Frank Smitka says
My deepest sympathy to Brenda and all of your family. Ed was a great guy and will be missed.
Doug Renbarger says
Proud to have known you Ed.