A funeral liturgy will be at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in St. Augustine Chapel at Alexian Village in Signal Mountain, Tenn., with the Rev. Augustine Joseph officiating. Interment with full military honors will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Visitation will be in the chapel from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19.
Following the service, a memorial reception will be held in Alexian’s Gold Room.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alexian Village Caritas Fund, 437 Alexian Way, Signal Mountain, TN 37377, or to Caris Healthcare, Hospice Services, 5959 Shallowford Road, Suite 551, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
The North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.
Mr. Biga was born Sept. 7, 1917, in Stevens Point, the first child of the late John and Josephine (Podraza) Biga. He graduated from St. Peter Elementary School and Emerson High School in Stevens Point.
He continued to take courses and study throughout his life, attaining the equivalent of a third-year college education. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935 and 1936. After that, he worked as a grocery store clerk, gasoline service station operator and Pepsi-Cola soft drink distributor.
He was married to Barbara Borton for 63 years. She preceded him in death.
He was a 31-year U.S. Air Force veteran, and served in World War II and the Korean War. After serving in Guam and the Philippines during the 1950s, he moved his family to Columbia, S.C. There he remained in the Air Force reserves until retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In Columbia, he worked with Mutual of New York as an insurance agent and financial consultant. In 1985 he and his wife moved to Alexian Village in Signal Mountain, Tenn., where they spent the rest of their lives.
He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Alexian Village Chapel in Signal Mountain.
He was an Air Force Academy liaison officer for 11 years and the Catholic representative to the Veterans Administration hospital for 15 years. He was a leader in prayer groups, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. As president of the nonprofit Navigator Corporation sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, he helped found and was the manager of, Christopher Towers, a low-cost apartment building for the elderly in Columbia, S.C. At Alexian Village, he served as president of the Residents Association and volunteered on committees and for various activities.
For military service, Col. Biga received the EAME Ribbon, Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
For service to the Catholic Church in South Carolina, he received the St. Thomas More Award. For support of Alexian Brothers Caritas Ball, he received the first annual Loyalty Award.
Survivors include eight children, Patricia Biga, Taylors, S.C., Josephine Gardner, Taylors, S.C., Jerome Biga, New York, N.Y., Margaret Banks, Greenville, S.C., Thomas Biga, Leesville, S.C., John Biga, Jacksonville, Fla., James Biga, Marietta, Ga., and Karen Shealy, St. Matthews, S.C.; one brother, Joseph S. Biga, Algonquin, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Walter, Frank, Harry and Chester; and one sister, Irene Firkus.