Gerald Nelson Biggs, 76, of Maumee, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Gerry was born November 15, 1936, to Walter and Helen Biggs of Adams Township (Toledo) Ohio. Gerry married the love of his life, Sue on August 18, 1956. He was a lifelong resident of the Toledo-Maumee area. He graduated from Maumee High School in 1954. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo in 1959 from the College of Business Administration.
Gerry began his career with Libbey Owens Ford Company (Pilkington Glass) in 1960 as a member of the management team at the Thermopane and Rossford manufacturing plants in Rossford, Ohio. In 1969, he was promoted to Manager-Industrial Engineering at the Rossford plant. In 1972, he was promoted to the position of Manager-Employee Relations at the corporate executive offices in Toledo, Ohio, with primary responsibilities in the labor relations area in all the L.O.F. facilities. Gerry later received several promotions to Director - Industrial Engineering and Hourly Wage Administration in 1978, Director - Labor Relations in 1981, and Director - Employee Relations in 1988. At this time, he became responsible for directing the company's labor contract negotiations and overseeing the administration of all the company's labor contracts throughout all glass facilities in the United States and Canada. In 1992, he was promoted to Director - Human Resources for the company and held that position until his retirement in December 1998. In 1991, he received the prestigious President's Award for outstanding contributions to the company in the area of labor relations.
Gerry began his military career with the Ohio Air National Guard in 1959, and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1960. He completed his basic training in the Air Force in 1959, and was again activated into the U.S. Air Force during the Berlin Crisis in 1960 as a member of the 180th Tactical Fighter Group based at the Toledo Express Airport. He held various management positions with the 180th Tactical Fighter Group throughout his military career. He held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel serving as the Group Executive Officer to the Group Commander at the time of his retirement in June 1980. Prior to his military retirement, he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service to the 180th Tactical Fighter Group. According to the citation, "The distinctive accomplishments of Lt. Colonel Biggs culminate a distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect credit upon himself, the Air National Guard, and the United States Air Force." Gerry was awarded for encouraging area employers to become a member of the Employer's Support of the Guard and Reserve Forces.
Gerry served as a management advisor to the Junior Achievement Program of Northwest Ohio from 1968 to 1972.
During the mid 1970's, he served as Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce with primary function of planning and directing the Chamber's air shows at Toledo Express Airport, as well as encouraging area employers to become members of the Employer's Support of the Guard and Reserve Forces.
In the mid 1980's, he was appointed by the Mayor of the City of Maumee to serve as a member of the Maumee City Planning Commission. He was chairman of the Planning Commission for one year. In 1988, he was appointed by the Mayor of the City of Toledo to serve as a management member of the Toledo Labor-Management -Citizens Committee. He served on this committee for ten years, resigning at the time of his retirement from Libbey-Owens-Ford Company.
In the early 1990's, Gerry was appointed by Ohio Governor, George Voinovich, to serve a two year term as a member of the Governor's Human Resources Advisory Council.
Gerry was very active throughout his life and was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi-Business Fraternity at the University of Toledo, Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, Toledo Employers Association, Toledo Personnel Management Association, American Institute of Industrial Engineers, University of Toledo Rocket Club, The Downtown Coaches Association, Maumee Elk's Lodge #1850 where he served 30 years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and was an honorary life member, American Legion, Valleywood Golf Club, Big Cypress Golf and Country Club, and the 180yh Tactical Fighter Group Officers Club where he served as president for three years.
Gerry enjoyed football and basketball with his friends at The University of Toledo and was a season ticket holder and contributor to many UT Rockets sports for many years. He was an avid fan since the 50's of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. He enjoyed golfing with his many friends and looked forward to his time shared with life-long friends and family attending Indy Car and NASCAR races.
Gerry's most cherished accomplishments were as husband to his lovely wife Sue, and father, grandfather, and great-grandfather to his cherished children. He gave the gift of time and will always be remembered for his caring, understanding, generosity, love and encouragement.
Gerry is survived by his wife, Suzanne Biggs; son, Jeffrey Biggs; daughter, Teresa Martin (Karl); grandchildren, Sara Recker (Nathan), Anthony Martin, Rebeca Martin, Jenna Biggs, and great-granddaughter, Harper Recker, along with his sister, Kathy Neiman (David), and brother, Thomas Biggs, and his nephews, David, Brad, Brian, and Darrin Neiman. Gerry was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Visitation will be Friday, August 16, 2013, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant Street, Maumee, Ohio, with an Elks Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Entombment will be at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. The family requests donations to be forwarded to The Wounded Warrior Fund, St. Jude's Children Hospital, or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Online condolences may be given at
Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Homes
501 Conant St
Maumee, OH 43537
Published in Toledo Blade from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2013