Eugene Briggs

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Eugene “Spike” Sterling Briggs of Smithton, IL, passed away on May 11, 2022. He was born on June 29, 1938, in East St. Louis, IL to Florence and Harry Briggs and had a sister, Mary Lorentzen, all since passed.

He graduated from Assumption High School in 1956 and served in the US Army on active duty from 1959-63. After his active service he returned to East St. Louis and worked for National Supermarkets as a meat cutter. He was a member of UFCW Local 534 and former board vice-president until his retirement in 1998.

During the years of 1975-1980 he owned and operated Spike’s Meat Market on McClintock Avenue in Belleville, IL.

Eugene re-enlisted in the US Army Reserves in 1980 and retired in 1998 with the rank of Sergeant Major.

After retirement from National Supermarkets, he worked for the St. Clair County Health Department as a health inspector until retirement in 2012.

A devout catholic, he was an active member of numerous parishes throughout St. Clair County and regularly attended and assisted at daily mass.

Eugene is survived by his wife of 60 years, Susanne, whom he married on February 24, 1962; and his six children, Thomas (Mary Jane) Briggs, Mary “Terry” (Robert) Mathews, Beth (James) Atkinson, Christine (James) Wessel, Ann (Donald) Reinhardt, and Douglas (Angela) Briggs. He is also the blessed grandfather of 14 grandchildren, Jessica (Stephen) Wittich, Hannah (Micah) Sasser, Evan Wessel, Hillary Wessel, Jack Briggs, Adrienne Atkinson, James (Desirae) Atkinson, Mary Wessel, Justine (Matt) Fleming, Jeffery Pratt, Lauren Reinhardt, Josie Briggs, Michael Wessel, Julia Briggs; and one great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Sasser.

In lieu of flowers, please submit donations to St. Michael’s Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, at St. Michael’s Church, Paderborn, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, at St. Michael’s Church, Paderborn, IL.

Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Paderborn, IL.




12 Comments on Eugene Briggs

Susanne Hoffmann said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 2:27 PM

Susie, sympathy and prayers at Spike's passing. Wishing you and your family only happy memories.

  • Bellevill
  • IL
Nancy & Ward King said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 8:49 PM

Sue we are so sorry to hear of Spike's passing so many great memories on our numerous Sunday golf outtings. We'll always remember Spike and his kindness and warm smile. Your all in our prayers. God Bless.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dr. Max Sauer said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 10:44 AM

My sincere condolences Susie, Ann, and family. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Janet Baker said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 10:40 AM

His life was a credit to us. I am so happy that he died in the Faith. It is a consolation. May his family honor him by doing likewise. I will remember him at mass.

  • Texas
Jeanne Schulte-Mohr said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 8:38 AM

Wessel Family - We are so very sorry for the loss of your father/grandfather. He sounded like an amazing man and he will be missed. Much love, Jeanne & Ken

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
Bob Simpson said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 8:08 AM

Susie so sorry to hear of Spikes passing please accept my sympathy always enjoyed you and Spike at the Irish Open especially when Spike got his hole in one. God bless you and your family

  • Smithton
  • Il
Shirley Perry-Wicks said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 8:06 AM

My sincere condolences to the family.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Jo Ann Nadler said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 7:54 AM

So sorry to hear of Spike’s passing. We will be unable to attend the services. He was a really nice guy who will be missed.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Pete and Maureen Downs said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 5:50 AM

We have many loving memories of Spike. He will be sadly missed.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Hamilton family said : Guest Report May 12, 2022 at 10:21 PM

Susie and family we are sending our condolences...sorry for your loss..kate Hamilton and family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Susan Holbrook said : Guest Report May 12, 2022 at 5:08 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I know everyone loved Spike, especially his daughter, Ann, who is like a sister to me.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Jan (Renner) Watson said : Guest Report May 12, 2022 at 12:47 PM

Chris, Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I’ll always remember the store you had on McClintock. Love that neighborhood. Please accept my condolences. Jan

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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