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Estel I. Biggs

Estel I. Biggs, age 90, of Swanton, Ohio, died Monday morning, December 23, 2019 at Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center.  Estel was born March 14, 1929 in Vincinns, Indiana to Rev. Ellis and Nora (Parker) Biggs.  He grew up in Gladwin, Michigan and graduated from Gladwin High School in 1947. 

Estel worked 56 years in the grocery business starting at 14 years of age.  He went to work for The Great A&P Tea Co. for 31 years starting out as a meat clerk.  Estel was Sales Director when the Toledo Division closed.  He retired from A&P in 1978, and went on to work for Browning Food Center in Whitehouse, OH for 20 years, retiring in 1998.

Soon after Estel moved to Swanton in 1961, he joined the Swanton Exchange Club serving as president in the mid sixties.  He was a charter member of the Swanton Elks Lodge 2462.  He served as their leader in 1995 and represented the Lodge at the National Convention in 2000 held in New Orleans.  He was selected activates chairman for the 17 Lodges in the northwest district of The Ohio Elks in 2000.

Estel enjoyed golfing with his friends and Tuesday morning breakfast at Charlies Restaurant.  He also enjoyed working around the house.  He built a large addition on their home shortly after the family moved to Swanton.

Estel was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Margaret (Qualkinbush) Biggs; son, David Biggs; his parents; brothers, David and Ronald; and sister, Nolis Fredericks. 

He is survived by his daughters, Janet (Gary) Gilbert, Diane (Gary) Phillips, and Peggy (Michael) Davis; nephew, Steven Fredericks; sister-in-law, Sheila Biggs; and very close friends, Larry and Denice Decker.

In keeping with Estel's wishes, he will be cremated and buried next to his wife and son at Swanton Cemetery.

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So glad to have met you. I will miss our almost daily conversations and exchanges. Thank you for being so kind and caring to my mom also at Swanton Health Care. Happy to learn your wife also had red hair. When I told my mom of your passing, she said she thought you just went home for Christmas... We agreed, you did. God Bless you, Estel.

Ann Gombash Dec 30 2019 12:00 AM

Rest in peace Estel. Now you are with Margaret whom you loved dearly. I will miss our many lunch/ dinner dates that we've shared over the past few years. Your memory was lots better than mine with lots of stories that I'll remember forever. You were a gem of a man. Thank you for all of your sage advice. Love you like a father. Prayers & hugs to the family.

Diane Koepfer Dec 27 2019 12:00 AM

Estel's family has my symathy & prayers through this time of loss. May God fill you with loving memories as he pulls you all closely together to lay Estel to rest. May God Bless ! Amen Rex

Rex Druckenmiller Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM

Mr. Biggs was the best A&P (yet the sternest )Supervisor ever ! I was one of the A&P bookkeepers & had contact w/ him from time to time .

Sandra (Gibson-)Fish Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM

Dad and I will miss your stories and humor, Estel. It was always a pleasure to visit with you. Rest in God's Peace.

Gene and Lauretta Jeffries Dec 23 2019 12:00 AM

RIP Estel you will be remembered for your work with the Swanton Elks. You personally convinced me to go through the chairs and enjoyed every minute.

Michael Doren Dec 23 2019 12:00 AM