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William James Biggs

February 4, 1939 — March 16, 2024

Grants Pass, Oregon

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of William James Biggs, a loving husband, devoted father, and esteemed veteran of the United States Navy. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio on February 4, 1939, William passed away on March 16, 2024, at his home in Grants Pass, Oregon, at the age of 85.

William's distinguished career in the Navy spanned nearly two decades, culminating in his honorable discharge in 1977 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. As a Vietnam War veteran, he was awarded the Combat Air Medal for his exemplary service to his country. After his military service, William dedicated himself to a fulfilling career, spending 20 years at Lockheed Aircraft Company followed by another 20 years as an Electronics Instructor at Rogue Community College, where he inspired countless students.

William was an avid pilot, a respected instructor, and a loving family man. He married his beloved wife, Eileen Marie Biggs (Locke) in St. John's, Newfoundland, and together they raised three children: William "Randy" Biggs, Eileen "Shelley" Biggs, and Dana "Dinky" Biggs. An active member of the Civil Air Patrol in Hawaii and Oregon, William also found joy in pursuits such as reading, scuba diving, and boating.

William is survived by his wife, Eileen Biggs; his children, Randy Biggs and his wife Nancy, Shelley Biggs and her wife Sue, and Dana Biggs and her wife Sabrina; his grandchildren, Jimmy Biggs and his wife Sandra, Mariko Fredrick and her husband Matt, Thomas O'Keefe and his wife Michelle, and Brendon Peters-Biggs; and seven great-grandchildren.

A committal service to honor and celebrate William's life will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery on April 19, 2024 at 11:00 AM. All those who loved him are welcome to attend. His urn will be interred there following the service.

Rest in peace, William. Your service and sacrifices will never be forgotten.
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Friday, April 19, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Pacific time)

Eagle Point National Cemetery

2763 Riley Road, Eagle Point, OR 97524

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