Fund est. 2011
(October 20, 1935 -
March 14, 2009)
was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was an avid
golfer, an outdoors man, private pilot and entrepreneur. Ralph’s faith was extremely important to
him. He was a member of the St. Mary of
the Assumption Catholic Church, Decatur.
attended Purdue University where he graduated with a
Masters in Business Administration and an Undergraduate Degree in Agricultural
Economics. Ralph came to Decatur
in the fall of 1962 to work for Clark Smith at Ideal Suburban Homes. Ralph
became President of Ideal Suburban Homes in 1964 where he has been honored 3
years in a row as a Top Builder by Professional Builder Magazine. He founded
Biggs, Inc. in 1964 and founded Ideal Realty in 1965 along with Clark Smith and
Allen Felt. Ralph founded GKB Enterprises in 1980 along with Steve Kreigh. Over
the years, Ralph developed 43 communities in Northeast Indiana and Ohio. Through Biggs,
Inc. he developed 32 apartment complexes and managed 2,700 apartment homes.
Ralph also developed Cross Creek Golf Course, Eagle Glen Golf Course, and
Blackford County Country Club. He was one of the founders of Rural Rental
Housing Association and a member of the Fort Wayne Home Builders Association
for 44 years where he received numerous Spike Awards.
Ralph was also very
involved in his community. He was one of
the original Board members of the Boys and Girls Club of Adams County, supported
the St. Vincent DePaul Society, was a board member of Catholic Foundation
Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, and a member of Christ Renews His Parish. Ralph was a member of the Elks Lodge #993,
Air Force Reserves, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, 100% Club, Big Brothers
Big Sisters, Jeremiah Millbanks Society of the Boys and Girls Club, Phi Kappa
Theta Fraternity, and the John Purdue Club. Ralph was also honored twice as the recipient
of the Sagamore of the Wabash.
Biggs Memorial Scholarship Fund: The Affordable
Housing Association of Indiana (AHA IN) Scholarship Fund was established in
memory of Ralph Biggs. This state wide
scholarship is available to a student who meets the eligibility requirements
and resides in an AHA IN housing area.
Biggs Memorial Community Enrichment (CE) Fund: The Ralph Biggs CE Fund was established to provide support to local
organizations that serve this community. The flexibility with this grant fund allows that a different
organization can be served each year.