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Richard Bigelow

Richard Bigelow, 69 of Webster died on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol. His wishes were to be cremated and that no services be held. Cards of sympathy may be mailed to his sister, Coleen Kristofitz, 111 Roma Drive, Ducanville, TX 75116. Fiksdal Funeral Service of Webster is in charge of the arrangements. Fiksdalfuneral.com. Richard Duane Bigelow was born on May 3, 1944 to Lester and Edythe (Stevens) Bigelow at Bristol, South Dakota. The family moved to Webster where he attended school and graduated from Webster High School in 1962. The family moved to Rapid City where he worked at the airport until 1964 when he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He did two tours of duty as a Sonar Technician on two ships, the USS Lofberg and the US Wiltsee. He was awarded several medals including the Bronze Star. On his return from Vietnam he retired in Sacramento, California where he ran a consignment store for a short time. Then he worked at McClelland Air Force Base on electronics until his retirement in 2000. He moved back to Webster into his former home. Survivors include his sister, Coleen Kristofitz and family of Ducanville, TX; and a cousin, Joanne Johnson of Webster, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dennis.

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Rich was my cousin and just the kindest man. We bowled on friday night leagues in Woodland, Ca for a number of years. He was my partner & we bowled with our Aunt Dell & Uncle Jiggs. He was yes a soft spoken man but he could also be very funny. He had the greatest smile. R.I.P my sweet kind cousin Candace Wertman Alire Keizer Oregon

Candace Wertman Alire Feb 27 2014 12:00 AM

Known Rich (Pixie, to so many of us) since we moved to Webster in '59 and my folks bought the A&W Drive Inn. He was a regular customer! We became great buddies for many years and he was the guy that inflluenced me to come to Calif. in 1967. We remained friends til this day. I will miss his e-mails and his fun sense of humor. Glad I got to see him in '09 RIP Pix!

Julie Brekke Long Oct 14 2013 12:00 AM

I met Richard when I was the Veteran Service Officer in Webster. He always had a smile and a very memorable voice. I enjoyed working with him to gain veterans benefits and considered him to be a good friend. He will be missed by myself and many others in the area. He was a good, gentle man. Les Rowland

Lester Rowland Oct 13 2013 12:00 AM

Was so shocked to here of Rich's passing. He was such a good man. So soft spoken, so kind. He always had time to speak, share a story or just wave a hello. He liked his privacy but was always willing to help or advise. Will be sad not to see him walking. We will miss him. Don, Karla & Kaitlin Kwasniewski

Don, Karla & Kaitlin Kwasniwski Oct 12 2013 12:00 AM

I remember Rich when I used to help him in the consignment store in CA when we were both in our 20's. I would come into the store from time to time and take items that were in need of repair and fix them. Although he was a quiet person, he always seemed appreciative of my help and told me so. I do remember that he loved "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and he would come back and tell me about the show. I never did see the show but It was a memorable time for me and Rich will always be a part of that good memory. He will be missed very much. George Bigelow

George Bigelow Oct 12 2013 12:00 AM

I remember when Rich was on a bowling league with my parents and my cousin! They used to have so much fun! Rich used to have a consignment store and would let us look through everything. We lost touch when he moved from California to South Dakota. I remember him as a very quiet, nice and gentle man. He will be missed! My heart goes out to the family and prayers for healing. Sincerely, Cynthia Bigelow-Muller

Cynthia Bigelow-Muller Oct 11 2013 12:00 AM

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