Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Heckart/Gillespie Colonial Chapel in Sedalia. Rev. Donald Allcorn will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Heckart/Gillespie Funeral Home. Friends may call after 8 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Arthur Sims, Neal Shoemaker, Martin Kiehl, Max Thomas, Mike Biggs and LeRoy Roberts. Honorary pallbearers will be Warner Biggs, Tracy Biggs, Delmar Cornine, Bobby Newman, Bill Davis, Bobby Johnson, Jim Werneke and Larry Ulmer. Burial will be in Mt. Herman Cemetery with military rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Mt. Herman Cemetery. Friends may also sign the guest register online at www.heckart-gillespie.com.
Born April 28, 1919, near Nelson, he was the son of the late Clarence and Anna Elizabeth Caton Biggs. On Feb. 25, 1943, in Sedalia, he married Viola Harmon, who preceded him in death April 29, 1994. On Sept. 2, 1995, in Slater, he married Arlene Deal Borgman, who survives of the home. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Saline City, American Legion Post 558 in Malta Bend and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591. He was a livestock and row crop farmer and a heavy equipment operator for 13 years for Howard's Central Missouri Landfill. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as technician 5th grade in the Headquarters Company 359th Infantry, 90th Division. He received five battle stars for campaigns in northern France, Normandy, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Additional survivors include two sons, Warner Biggs of Fort Walton, Fla., and Everett Tracy Biggs of Sedalia; two daughters, Frances Porter of rural Smithton and Linda Montee of Jacksonville, Ill.; two brothers, Martin Biggs and Fred Biggs, both of Sedalia; one sister, Margaret Forrest of Columbus, Ohio; 25 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Charles E. Biggs, and two sisters, Reba Scott and Maurine Gore.