W. Richard Biggs,
80,, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Porter,
Indiana on July 28, 2020.
He was born
February, 8, 1940, in Gary, Indiana, to Charles Biggs and Angeline (Medved)
from Gary Edison High School in 1958, Richard was employed at Inland Steel,
where he worked his way up to Director of Graphic Arts. Richard was also a
graduate of the American Academy of Art, Chicago, and a telescope maker at
the Adler Planetarium. He sang lead in the barbershop group Chorus of the
Dunes and was an avid cross-country skier. He also sat on the board of the
Naguib School of Sculpture in Beverly Shores. After retiring from Inland
Steel in the 1980s, he became a master luthier and violin bowmaker. He owned
Biggs Violin Shop at its current location in Porter for 20 years. He was a
member of the Violin Society of America’s prestigious advanced professional
bowmaking workshop at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Richard had an
insatiable curiosity and never stopped learning and creating new things. He
was known to his friends and family for telling great stories about his
On May 25, 1963 he
married Carol (Atchison) Biggs, who survives.
Also surviving are
his four children, Rich Biggs of Porter, Sharon (Mark) Waller of Chesterton,
Matt (Noelle) Biggs of Valparaiso, and Carrie Biggs of Porter; three
siblings, Charles (Esther) Biggs of Alpharetta, GA, Pamela Biggs Blachley of
Portage, and Dan (Nancy) Biggs of Hobart; sister-in-law Shirley (Robert)
Steinert of Olathe, KS; five grandchildren, Ashley, Ethan, Noah, Adam, and
Patricia; two step-grandsons, Calum (Claire) Waller and Graham Waller; one
great-step- grandson, Ted Waller; and four nephews Patrick Biggs, Greg
Biggs, Michael Biggs, and Brian Biggs.
Preceding in death
were his parents, and brother Laurence Biggs.
An outside service
celebrating Richard’s life will be held on August 22, at Comfort Farm, 1419
N. Tremont Road, Chesterton, IN 46304, 219-263-6602.
Visitation from 1-3
p.m., service at 3 p.m., Reverend Barbara Jung officiating. With current
condition of Covid-19 we are asking all in attendance to wear masks.
condolences to the family at