MOUNT VERNON — Russell G. Biggs, 87, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Knox Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1931, in Harrison Township and was the son of Harold and Pearl (Ross) Biggs. Russell graduated from Utica High School in 1951 and from Hobart Welding School in Troy. He was a United States Army Korean War Veteran from 1951-1953.

Russell was a lifetime member of Grove Church of Christ, where he had served as a Deacon, Elder and Trustee. He was employed at Modern Welding in Newark and Columbia Gas of Ohio from which he retired in 1991 after 30 years. After his retirement, Russell was the caretaker of Union Grove Cemetery for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Ann (Hickman) Biggs whom he married on March 16, 1958, at Grove Church of Christ; three daughters, Anita (Bob) Hooper, Christine Nerheim, Betsy (Butch) Cherrington; eight grandchildren, Rob Hooper, Rebecca (Bruce) Nation, Richie Perry, Candie (Rick) Wells, Will Perry, Denise (Clint) Randall, Billy (Rebecca Groves) Cherrington, Allen Cherrington; three great-grandchildren, Damien, Aubrie and Josh; a sister, Lulu Bone, sister-in-law, Betty Biggs; along with several nieces and nephews.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Frye, Lucille Parker and Hazel Scott; brothers, Bob and Gerald Biggs; sister-in-law, Anna Mae Biggs; along with four brother-in-laws, Charles Bone, Donald Frye, Ed Parker and Wes Scott.

The family is planning a memorial service for a later date and will be announced. The Lasater Funeral Home is handling the services for the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Grove Church of Christ or Union Grove Cemetery Association.

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