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Eugene Bruce Bigelow

January 11, 1928 July 24, 2018
Eugene  Bruce  Bigelow
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Obituary for Eugene Bruce Bigelow

Eugene Bruce Bigelow, 90, of Hattiesburg, died July 24, 2018 in Hattiesburg, MS.
Gene was born on January 11, 1928, in Colome, SD. He was the fourth child of Ira E. and Rose D. Bigelow. He graduated from Colome High School in 1945. He immediately enlisted in the US Army and served in Germany. Upon his 1947 Discharge, he earned a BS from Huron College, Huron SD. Later he earned a Master’s Degree at South Dakota State University, Brookings SD; a Specialist’s Degree in Education and a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.
In 1953, he met Carolyn Mae Jackson and they were married in Minneapolis, Minn, on May 19, 1954.
Gene was Superintendent of Schools in Agar, SD. He then moved into college teaching at Wayne State, Wayne, NE. Gene served as President of the NE State Education Association. He was president of Wayne Kiwanis and a member of Masonic Lodge #120, A.F. and A.M. He also was a life-time member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Gene retired in 1991 after 40 years in education and moved to Hattiesburg where his son, Tod, practices dentistry.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn M. Bigelow; his parents; his brothers, Robert Bigelow and Anson Bigelow; and one sister, Mildred Hendrix.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Tod Bigelow (Pam) of Hattiesburg; his daughter, Teri Nuss (David) of Omaha, NE; five grandchildren, Drew Bigelow and Brooks Bigelow of Hattiesburg, Maegan Nuss and David Nuss, Jr. of Nebraska, and Kodi Hoover of Iowa.
Gene’s final resting place will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery alongside his wife, Carolyn.
A memorial service will be held in Hattiesburg, Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the home of his son.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gene’s name to the American Cancer Fund, Alzheimer’s Association, or the Arthritis Foundation.


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