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home : obituaries : obituaries May 24, 2016

7/18/2013 8:00:00 AM
Robert D. Biggs
April 10, 1936 - July 16, 2013

Our dad, Robert Dean Biggs, was born April 10, 1936, in Rochester, and died July 16, 2013, in his home in Avon. The seventh of eight children, Dad grew up working hard. He earned a solid place in the world for his family and himself.

Dad's father was Admiral Dewey Biggs, and Dad told stories of how that grand name afforded him some privilege for a very short while during the Korean War. His mother Pauline Marie (Dale) Biggs had eight children. Bob's brother, Dick, and sisters, Betty and Judy, died while Dad was still a child. Dad's brother, Bill, died in 1991, and his brother, Dale, died in 1998. Dad is survived by two sisters, Jean and Delores, both of Rochester.

Dad is also survived by his bride of 55 years, Patricia Sue (Ham) Biggs. Born and raised in Indianapolis, she met Dad while she was vacationing up at Lake Manitou. They were married May 4, 1958, in Indianapolis.

We are Dad and Mom's children, Brad Alan and Laura Lynn (Lolly). Dad taught us that opposition is opportunity. He showed us how to persevere and stand strong for what we believe. From him, we learned the value of hard work, and the worth of personal integrity.

We remember that Dad loved Mom immensely. His eyes danced when he knew he had pleased her. We're deeply grateful for all the sacrifices Dad made to give us lives rich in experience. Dad had a lovely singing voice and was expert in dozing on hard pews during sermons. He was a storyteller. He enjoyed jokes, golf and chocolate creme drops.

Dad was often tact-free. He cared a lot. He found great pleasure in extending his hand to help those in need. He was a salesman through and through; he reveled in the deal. Dad turned hard knocks into a life of accomplishment, a life that touched others.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Avon United Methodist Church, 6850 E. U.S. 36, Avon.

Please send no flowers. Instead, we'd be happy for you to donate to a charity of your choice in Dad's memory.

Baker Funeral Home, Danville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: Dale Clay

Patricia, Laura and Brad, so sorry for your loss. I was a friend of your Dad's. I was a year ahead of him at Rochester High School.

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