Richard Biggart – Anamosa

Richard Biggart age 82, died Friday at his home, surrounded by his family following an illness of several months.
Life Celebration services will be held 11:00 Tuesday morning, January 15, 2019 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa where military honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force. Interment will be in the Wilcox Cemetery, rural Anamosa. Friends may call from 4 until 7 Monday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Anamosa Veterans.
Surviving is his loving wife Shirley of 59 years, 3 children, Carolyn and Betty Biggart, Anamosa, Lloyd (Sherry) Biggart, Atkins, 5 grandchildren, Melinda, Ally, Kyra and Alex (Autumn), Chris (Jessica) and 7 great-grandchildren, Azrael, Liliana, Kayden, Kendall, Skylar, Terrence and Floyd Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ed and 2 sisters, Pearl Luker and Mabel Boner.
Richard Franklin Biggart was born December 18, 1935 at home on the farm on Buffalo Rd 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 United States Air Force from 1957 until 1963. He married Shirley Williamson on August 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 house 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, 3 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 a lifelong Cubs Fan. He also played golf at both Wapsi and Fawn Creek Country Clubs.