Decatur Daily Democrat (IN) - March 17, 2009. Ralph E. Biggs, 73, of rural Decatur, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 3:40 a.m. at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born on October 20, 1935, in Vincennes, Indiana, to Emmett and Helen (Keller) Biggs. He married Jeannie L. Smith on October 7, 1967; she passed away in 1997. He married Christine R. Rourke on January 20, 2007. Ralph was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He was an avid golfer, outdoorsman, private pilot, and entrepreneur. Ralph's faith was extremely important to him and he served on numerous committees as well as being a eucharistic minister at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur, of which he was a member. He will be greatly missed by many. Surviving are his wife, Christine of Decatur; two sons, Kevan (Heather) Biggs of Ft. Wayne and Eric Biggs of San Marcos, California; three grandchildren, Avery, Lauren, and Charles Biggs; five brothers, Don (Marie) Biggs of Vincennes; Jerry (Pat) Biggs of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Bob (Doris) Biggs of Vincennes; Norman (Virginia) Biggs of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Richard (Linda) Biggs of Vincennes; one sister, Rita (George) Lavely of Vincennes. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Jeannie. Ralph attended Purdue University, where he graduated with a masters degree in business administration and an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics. Ralph came to Decatur in the fall of 1962 to work for Clark Smith at Ideal Suburban Homes. Ralph became President of Ideal Suburban Homes in 1964 and has been honored three years in a row as a Top Builder by Professional Builder Magazine. He founded Biggs, Inc. in 1964 and founded Ideal Realty in 1965 along with Clark Smith and Allen Felt. Ralph founded GKB Enterprises in 1980 along with Steve Kreigh. Over the years, Ralph developed 43 communities in northeastern Indiana and Ohio. Through Biggs, Inc. he developed 32 apartment complexes and managed 2, 700 apartment homes. Ralph also developed Cross Creek Golf Course, Eagle Glen Golf Course, and the Blackford County Country Club. He was one of the founders of the Rural Rental Housing Association as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Adams County. Ralph supported the St. Vincent DePaul Society, was a board member of Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend for 14 years, was a member of Christ Renews His Parish, and a member of the Fort Wayne Home Builders' Association for 44 years, from which he received numerous Spike Awards.
Father: Emmett Biggs b: 18 JUN 1898
Mother: Helen Keller b: 8 DEC 1899 in Iroquois County, Illinois
Marriage 1 Jean L. Smith b: 14 FEB 1942 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Marriage 2 Living Rourke
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