Biggs, Ralph Memorial Community Enrichment Fund (Unrestricted)


Fund est. 2011

Ralph E. Biggs

(October 20, 1935 - March 14, 2009)

Ralph 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.

Ralph 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.

Ralph 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.

Ralph 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.