Donald L. Bigge
A Memorial Celebration for longtime Lamar resident and businessman, Donald L. Bigge was held at 2:00PM, Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Lamar Christian Church with Ian Blacker officiating. A Private family burial was held prior to the services at Fairmount Cemetery.
Donald L. Bigge was born March 4, 1933 in Stockton, Kansas to Hugh William and Lean Lambert Bigge. He passed away February 5, 2011 with his family by his side at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 77.
Don is survived by his wife Dolores “Dee” Bigge of the family home in Lamar. his children; Christine (Richard) Bergman of Littleton, Diane (Curtis) Alexander of Greeley, three grand puppies; Rowdy, Maggie, and Alex of Greeley, grandchildren; Eric (Jennifer) Bergman of Omaha, Nebraska, Daniel (Debra) Bergman of Arvada, Colorado, Elissa (Chad) Hanneman of Nekoosa, Wisconsin, Kyla Bergman and Jacob Bergman of Littleton, Colorado. Great grandchildren; Joseph Bergman, James Bergman, Thomas Bergman, Joel Hanneman, Tatiana Hanneman and Daniel Bergman. He is also survived by his sister; Kay (Lloyd) Cooper of Crowley, Texas, brothers; Barton (Ellen) Bigge of Independence, Missouri and Dale (Sandy) Bigge of Clinton, Washington as well as other family and a host of friends. Dan is preceded in death by his parents.
Don enjoyed family life on the farm. He attended school in Stockton, Kansas and graduated in 1950. Don attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and graduated in 1956 with a degree in Agriculture Economics and Animal Husbandry. He worked for the Extension Service in Washington, Kansas and Goodland, Kansas.
Don married his girlfriend and love of his life, Dolores Lee Francis on September 24, 1955 in Stockton, Kansas. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage. They have two daughters whom Don adored. He loved his visits with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and the love from his grand puppies running around his feet.
In 1961, Don joined the Goodland State Bank in Goodland, Kansas as Executive Vice President and Agricultural Representative. In 1972 he became President of Valley State Bank in Lamar. Upon retirement from the bank in 1983, Don presided as President of D & D Bigge, Inc. Lamar. He was a Colorado and Kansas Real Estate Broker from 1995 to 2011.
Don was a mason of 49 years and active in several Masonic organizations in Goodland, Kansas. He was also a 50 year member of the Lamar Elks Lodge. Don was actively involved in the Christian Church in Goodland as an elder and trustee and many committees. He was a member of the Lamar Chamber of Commerce and the Spreading Antlers Golf Association. He loved to golf, fish, hunt, and play cards and other games.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lamar Christian Church and/or to the Southeast Colorado Cancer Initiative either direct or in care of the funeral home office.
Dear Dee, and family,
Roy and I were saddened to hear of Don's passing. You all have our deepest sympathy, and prayers. He was bigger than life, and such a part of the community, and will be greatly missed.
Sincerely, Roy and Shirl Creamer
|FOR DON BIGGE|
DEE AND FAMILY, SHIRIL AND I WERE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF DON'S DEATH. WE HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF YOU BOTH. YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
SHIRIL AND ELMA OSBMENT
|To the family of Don Bigge....I was so sad to hear of Don’s passing…he holds a special place in my heart…a great boss and a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.|
|Dee and girls...These are tough times, you are certainly in our thoughts and prayers. I remember Dee telling me a story about how Don looked out always for my mom. I will always be grateful for such caring and loving neighbors.|
|To Diane and Family, |
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
|I am saddened to learn of the passing of my friend, Don Bigge. May God grant you comfort at this time.|
Carol (Craik) Merz
|for the family of Don Bigge - Dear Dee, Chris, Diane, and families,|
I was saddened to see that Don had passed away. He and Dee were such wondeful neighbors to my parents! I pray that you are comforted by many happy memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Martha Jo (Kerr) Lennox
We were so sorry to hear of Don's passing.......now he is at peace and in no more pain.
You helped me so much through my tough days with mom, I will be eternally grateful. If there's ANYTHING I can do for you or the girls......please call.
My thoughts and prayers are with with you all........
|I was very saddened by the news of Don's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I know you have many happy memories of him and he will always be in your heart.|
|Donald Biggie Family & Diane & Family:|
Diane Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. It is really hard when we lose a parent, but just remember they are always with us where ever we go. Please give my condolences to your mom and the rest of the family.
Gerry Hernandez Jenkins
|Chris, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time....Anna Fama Cimiluca|