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Harley R. Bigger 1915-2013

April 9, 2013
Emmetsburg News

RUTHVEN -- Funeral service for Harley R. Bigger was held Saturday, April 6, at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Roger Maize officiated.

Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven was in charge of arrangements.

Harley Raymond Bigger, son of George and Eva (White) Bigger, was born March 30, 1915, near Manson. He received his education in area schools and graduated from Ruthven High School in 1935.

On April 9, 1938, Harley was united in marriage to Dolores Henderson in Ruthven. Harley and Dolores farmed near Ruthven for a few years before moving into Ruthven, where they lived for 13 years. During this time, Harley operated a tank wagon.

In 1958 they purchased a farm near Terril, farming until their retirement in 1978. They returned to Ruthven where they made their home until 1999 when they moved to the Highlands at Spencer.

Harley was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ruthven. Harley was an avid fan of baseball and played for many years on local teams. He and Dolores enjoyed many winters in Texas after their retirement.

Harley passed away Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Spencer Municipal Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three brothers; five sisters; his son-in-law; two great grandchildren in infancy; and a step granddaughter.

He is survived by his children, Ron Bigger (Debra) of Waverly, and Marcia Bjornstad of Kaleheo, Kauai; his grandchildren; step grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 14 step grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; four step great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

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