Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lilbern Edward Bigham

February 10, 1932
Danville, Illinois
January 9, 2012
Peoria, Arizona

Lilbern Edward (Ed) Bigham was born February 10, 1932 in Danville, Illinois. His long journey ended on January 9, 2012 after a lengthy illness. His mother was the late Ruth Barnett Smith. His father was the late James B. Harold. He was adopted by his uncle and aunt, Lilbern E. and Beulah Bigham at an early age.

Ed graduated from Danville High School and attended the University of Illinois before moving to southern California and completing his education at California State University. His employment started at the Los Angeles Police Department as a booking clerk and moved up to computers and into the payroll section of the City of Los Angeles. He retired in 1987. Ed served in the United States Army in the Korean War.

Ed was married to his wife, Doris Luvera Bigham for 52 years. They had a son, Stanley B. Bigham, and a grandson, D’Yanni B. Bigham. He was an avid fisherman, loved camping and traveling. He and Doris traveled the USA and many foreign countries. They were honorary members of the Van Nuys Travelers Camping Group and enjoyed trips and lasting friendships. In September, 2004, they moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He will be missed by his family, his many friends, and relatives who enjoyed his sense of humor and his straightforward personality. Ed is at peace with the angels and we will cherish his memory forever.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 16 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Avenidas Funeral Chapel in Avondale. A graveside service will be held at his final resting place, National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix on Tuesday, January 17 at 11:00am with full military honors.

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