George Bigler

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 3:04 pm

George Bigler, 79, of Decorah, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at his home. Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Locust, with Rev. Nancy Solomonson officiating. Organist was Jennifer Little. Hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was at Locust Cemetery, Decorah.

George Anton Bigler was born May 10, 1936, the son of Elmer and Tilvina (Ellingson) Bigler, on the family farm near Sattre, north of Decorah. George was baptized May 31, 1936, and affirmed his faith Nov. 18, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. George attended Pleasant No. 7 Country School, two years at Waukon High School and graduated from Decorah High School in 1955. George worked various jobs and places in his early days, but worked for Electrolux, selling vacuum cleaners for many years. George enjoyed skiing in Colorado and listening to his radio. He was a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Locust.

George is survived by two sisters, Ethel Ellingson and Ellen (Douglas) Dickman; and two brothers, Roger (Evelyn) Bigler and David (Colleen) Bigler, all of Decorah; along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Tilvina (Ellingson) Bigler; three brothers: Kermit Bigler in 1969, Kenneth Bigler in 2005 and Dr. Wilbur Bigler in 2013; one brother-in-law, Tom Ellingson, in 2005; one nephew, Rodney Bigler, in Nov. 1974.

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