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William ‘Ned’ Biggs (1927-2012) Obituary

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William ‘Ned’ Biggs (1927-2012) Obituary

Posted: 29 Sep 2012 12:01PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Biggs, Whitehead, Barnett, Church
Logan Herald Journal, 09/29/12


BRIGHAM CITY — Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, William “Ned” Biggs, passed away peacefully Sept. 26, 2012, surrounded by his family, at his home in Brigham City. He was born May 22, 1927, in Franklin, Idaho, the youngest of three children, to William Harold Biggs and Tressa Elizabeth Whitehead.

Ned was raised in Franklin and as a youth he loved to go fishing with his father. He raised pigeons, became an Eagle Scout and built and flew radio-controlled model airplanes. He graduated from Franklin High School, serving as senior class president.

Upon graduation, he enlisted and served honorably in the U.S. Navy on the USS Scribner during World War II and served for eight years in the Naval Reserves. He received further education, graduating from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Ill., and also attended Utah State University and Weber State University.

Ned married Kathleen Marjory Barnett in Ogden, Utah, on Oct. 30, 1953, and they are the parents of three daughters, Rebecca, Shelley and Allyson. They were later divorced.

He was a resident of Brigham City, Utah, since 1960, where he was employed by Thiokol Chemical Corporation as a maintenance planning engineer for 34 years. Ned married Patricia Ann Church on April 16, 1977, in Elko, Nev. Pat is the mother of Mary and Debby.

Above all, Ned loved his family. He loved and supported them on missions and through every trial and triumph. He had a generous, compassionate heart and freely gave his time and means to others. He delivered Meals on Wheels for five years.

Ned was extremely gifted and skilled at building, creating and fixing almost anything, from dollhouses, bird houses, remodeling projects, model airplanes and furniture. He had a lifelong interest in the Case steam threshing machines that his father used to use and built a working replica, machining all the parts himself. He maintained a meticulous garden and yard, and enjoyed fishing, golfing, reading, wild birds and his beloved cat George.

Ned was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

His legacy of goodness and integrity will live on through his posterity as they honor him.

Ned is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Patricia; daughters Rebecca (Sherman) Conger, Shelley (Michael) Austin, Allyson (Steven) Meredith, Mary (Greg) Heiner and Debby Church; sister Aina Bergeson; sister-inlaw Sandra Christensen; 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rhyllis Hogan, and grandson Kort Jensen.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the Brigham City 26th Ward church, 865 S. 300 West in Brigham City, under the direction of Bishop Aaron Shepherd. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 East in Brigham City, and 10 to 10:40 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the Brigham City 26th Ward church.

Interment will be in the Franklin City Cemetery in Franklin, Idaho.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the IPF Foundation (pulmonary fibrosis), c/o Dr. Mary Beth Scholand, 26 North 1900 East Rm. 701, Salt Lake City, UT 84132.

The family expresses thanks for the loving care provided by Dr. Alan Abdulla, Dr. Bruce Keller and Lori Gillies of Encompass (Alpine) Hospice.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www. myers-mortuary.com  .

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