Chesterton Tribune

Larry Biggs dies at 60

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Larry Biggs, a respected Detective Sergeant with the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008. His life came to an abrupt end after struggling with cancer for nine months. He was 60.

Larry is survived by his wife, Jennifer Biggs; children, Shawna Biggs of Chesterton, Shellie (Ken) Baker of Portage, Jeff (Kelly) Biggs of Valparaiso, Jason (Kellie) Biggs of South Bend, Jason Speakman of LaPorte, Justin Speakman of LaPorte, and Jordon Speakman of LaPorte; grandchildren, Marc, Noah, Jacob, Reilly, Kaleb and Owen Biggs; siblings, Kent Biggs, Billy (Aimee) Biggs, Jim (Carol) Biggs, Jerry (Dodie) Biggs, Gary (Tracey) Biggs and several nieces and nephews.

Larry is proceeded in death by his parents Raymond and Francis Biggs; siblings, Connie Ozbolt and Timothy Biggs.

He began his career as a Police Officer with the DeMotte Police Department in 1970. He then worked for the Rennselear and Kingsford Heights Police Departments before he joined the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office in 1978.

At the Sheriff’s Office, Larry worked the majority of his career as an investigator. He supervised a Tri-County Drug Task Force for several years and then was promoted to the Detective Bureau. As a Detective Sergeant, Larry supervised investigations and began the Crime Scene Investigation Unit. He was a highly respected Detective not only by his peers, but also by other detectives in several other counties.

Larry’s love for police work rubbed off on five of his brothers who also have worked in the law enforcement field. Additionally, two of his sons went on to become police officers.

Larry also spent a great deal of his life as a Football coach for Pop Warner Leagues and High School Football teams. He enjoyed spending time with his kids, hunting, Notre Dame Football, Chicago Bears, NASCAR, and most of all, spending time with his wife Jennifer.

As a Police Officer, Larry was truly a Sheepdog, a warrior, who thrived to be in the battle against evil and protect the innocent. He has taught other sheepdogs his knack and they have vowed to continue to protect the flock.

Funeral services, Pastor Kevin Galloway officiating, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Portage Chapel. Interment will be at McCool Cemetery, Portage.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel, 6941 Central Ave., Portage.

Memorials may be made to the VNA Hospice, 501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.


Posted 3/27/2008