Richard Biggart, 82, died Friday at his home, surrounded by his family following an illness of several months.
Celebration of Life services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, where military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Air Force. Interment will be in the Wilcox Cemetery, rural Anamosa. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Anamosa Veterans.
Surviving are his loving wife of 59 years Shirley; three children, Carolyn and Betty Biggart, Anamosa, and Lloyd (Sherry) Biggart, Atkins; five grandchildren, Melinda, Ally, Kyra and Alex (Autumn) and Chris (Jessica); and seven great-grandchildren, Azrael, Liliana, Kayden, Kendall, Skylar, Terrence and Floyd Jr.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ed; and two sisters, Pearl Luker and Mabel Boner.
Richard Franklin Biggart was born Dec. 18, 1935, at home on the farm on Buffalo Road in Linn County, Iowa. He was the son of Edward and Lois Fern Burlingham Biggart. He went to the Freemont Country School and graduated from Springville High School in 1955. He then attended Upper Iowa College. Richard served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1963. He married Shirley Williamson on Aug. 2, 1959, at the Prairie Chapel Church in rural Linn County. The couple lived in Whittier after Richard's discharge from service. He was employed at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids for 28 years, retiring in 1990. In 1969, they moved from Whittier to a farm in the Viola/Stone City area. They moved into Anamosa in 2012.
Richard was always busy helping other people build houses or sheds or building something for himself. He was interested in other cultures, ideas and history. He took a Chinese cooking class at Kirkwood and was proficient in making many different dishes. He and Shirley hosted a number of foreign exchange students; three of them were Eddy Martinez from the Dominican Republic, Inger Lene Omholsteen from Norway and Hanoch Ehrlich from Israel. He was also deeply patriotic.
Richard also loved all sports, playing basketball in high school, high school track and the Drake Relays. He had season tickets for many years for the Iowa women's basketball season and was a lifelong Cubs fan. He also played golf at both Wapsi and Fawn Creek Country Clubs.