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Richard Charles “Dick” Bigelow, age 90, of Quincy, IL, died at the Illinois Veterans Home on Saturday (September 21, 2019). He was born November 29, 1928 in Quincy, a son of Arthur and Marguerite (Binger) Bigelow. He was of the Protestant faith. In 1946 he graduated from Quincy Senior High School. Mr. Bigelow was a veteran of the Korean Conflict where he served from 1951-1953, Sergeant, US Army, 351st Reconnaissance Division and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star.
Sigrid Brinkhoff who survives Richard, married him on September 4, 1954 in St. Peters Catholic Church. They recently celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary.
Richard developed a love of farming in his early years, working on his uncle’s farm, and then his own spread outside Tioga, Illinois. Like his mom, dad and brothers, he had a strong work ethic that he impressed on his kids, not without some resistance on their part. He was the consummate fix-it man, whether it was farm machines, cars or houses. His mechanical skills developed from his work on the farm carried over to his Army motor pool service in the Korean conflict. He also used his mechanical aptitude at the Gardner-Denver Co. where he retired after 34 years of service. There he worked as Manager of Methods, Manager of Equipment Planning, and Warranty Administrator. He was a former member of the Quarter Century Club, Gardner-Denver Management Club and a long-time member of the Elks. He was indeed a conscientious provider for his family.
Richard enjoyed playing golf and bowling in his free time. He also enjoyed travel with his wife, family and friends, including trips to all 50 states, Bahamas and Europe. He and Sigrid especially enjoyed their time with family, including their five children, 13 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, and the many celebrations they had. The loss of his beloved grandson, Zakery, was a time of great sadness for Dick and his family and left a large hole in his heart. His dog Koko was a faithful companion in his later years.
Survivors, in addition to his wife Sigrid, include one daughter, Kristie Haubrich (Timothy) of Quincy, IL; four sons, Wayne Bigelow (Sharon) of Bradenton, FL and Clifford Bigelow (Dianna) of Lake St. Louis, MO, and Jeffrey Bigelow (Kathy) of Quincy, IL and Mark Bigelow (Ching-Fen) of Quincy, IL, ; 12 grandchildren Alice Morris of Ault, CO, Gretchen Bigelow of Florence, MT, Nicole Denis of Battle Mountain, NV, Benjamin Bigelow of Lake St. Louis, MO, Lauren Bigelow of Lake St. Louis, MO, Alex Bigelow of Quincy, IL, Nicholas Bigelow of Portland, OR, Ryan Bigelow of Quincy, IL, Jeremy Bigelow of Normal, IL, Shannon Lin of Champaign, IL, Justin Haubrich of Fowler, IL and Aaron Haubrich of Quincy, IL; 9 great grandchildren, Pearl Morris, Curtis Morris, Harper Hazel, Braxton Hazel, Layla Bigelow, Elijah Haubrich, Isaiah Haubrich, Chase Charles Haubrich and Daegen Haubrich; a brother James Bigelow, two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Bigelow of Quincy and Sharon Bigelow of Kingston. Also surviving are several loving nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Kenneth and David Bigelow, and his grandson Zakery Haubrich.
Visitation will be held at the time of the Funeral Service, Tuesday in the All Faith’s Chapel at the Illinois Veteran’s Home at 10:00 AM Chaplain David Hall officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery. The Illinois Veterans Home Honor Guard and the Army Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail will conduct military services at the graveside.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Zakery Haubrich Endowed Scholarship Fund at QND.
The arrangements are in the care of Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.