Dr. Howard Edwin Biggs Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep June 14, 2021 at the age of 88.

Howard was born April 11,1933 in Toledo, Ohio and spent his early childhood in Toledo. The family moved to California in 1946 when he was 13. They lived in various locales (Santa Cruz, Malibu, Aptos) before settling in San Leandro. Howard attended Santa Cruz High and graduated from Hayward Union High in 1951.

After high school Howard attended Stanford University, graduating in 1955. While attending Stanford Howard met Jeanne Stoney whom he married in 1954. They moved to Buffalo, New York so Howard could attend Medical School for a year and then moved back to California to finish Medical School, graduating from UCSF in 1960. He continued his Medical Education in the U.S. Air Force, where he was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During the early Air Force years Howard and Jeanne had four sons, all of whom survive him.

He had many assignments including McChord AFB in Tacoma,Washington where he was the Flight Surgeon for the 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and joined an elite group in flying beyond Mach 1, the speed of sound. He saw active duty in Vietnam in 1971-1972, stationed at Cam Ranh Bay. After Vietnam, Howard practiced radiology at Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles, eventually settling in Eureka in 1974. He worked at both St. Joseph’s Hospital and Mad River Community Hospital as a radiologist, retiring in 1993. Known for his bedside manner, Howard was well respected in the medical community.

In 1984 he married Lydia Ball, to whom he remained married until his death. Howard enjoyed music, gardening, travel, flying and the S.F. Giants.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents Howard Edwin Biggs Sr. and Geneva Scharer Biggs.

He is survived by his sister Sharon McPherson of Oakland, California; his brother, Gerard (Julie) Biggs of Valparaiso, Indiana; his wife Lydia Marie Biggs of Orleans, California; sons Larry (Beverly) Biggs of Arcata, California; David (Barbie) Biggs of Lake Havasu, Arizona; Jeffrey (Sandi) Biggs of Camarillo, California; Ken (Elaine) Biggs of Vancouver, Washington; grandson Jonathan Biggs of San Diego, California; granddaughter Erica (Dale) Hancock of Fortuna, California; grandson Julian Biggs of Vancouver, Washington; and four great-grandchildren; Dale III, Addelyn, Dash and Crew Hancock.

He is also survived by sisters-in-law Linda (Chaz) Erickson, Debbie Ball, and Tina (John) Ball.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a time and place to be determined later. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Republican Party or a charity of your choosing.


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