Thomas Lee Bigley

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Thomas Lee Bigley "The Bass Master", age 65, formerly of Elma, IA, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Ft. Worth, TX. A Memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Conway-Markham Funeral Chapel in Elma, IA. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be from 12:00-1:00 PM on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Conway-Markham Funeral Chapel in Elma. Online condolences for Thomas’s family may be left at In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Howard County Community Hospice or Howard Cancer Association. Tom was the son of Leland "Bud" Bigley and Elizabeth "Bette" (McAvoy) Bigley. He was born in New Hampton, IA on May, 23 1949. He grew up on the family farm just north of Elma. Tom was a 1967 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968 and served a tour in Vietnam. Tom was a proud father of 4 kids and 9 grand kids. He loved visiting them and thoroughly enjoyed cheering his grandchildren on during soccer, baseball, and football games. Tom loved to fish but he loved it most when he was fishing with friends and family. He was also an avid Cubs fan. Tom is survived by his friend of 25 years, Sharon Queen of Riceville, IA; his children, Michael (Jessica) Bigley TX, Melia (Joey) Patterson Marysville, KS, Zachary (Rachel) Bigley Prattville, AL; his daughter, Rheannon Walk of Cresco, IA; 9 grandchildren; his siblings, Patty Korsmo of Cresco, IA, Mike (Cora) Bigley of Elma, Debra (Bob) Shroyer of North Plains, OR, Nancy (Mike) Bowen of Colorado Springs, CO, and Tim (Linda) Bigley of Johnston, IA. Numerous nieces and nephews. All of whom will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. – My deepest sympathy to you in the lost of this Special Man in your Family… He definitely was one of a kind. He would want you to fill the hole in your heart with all the Memories, he left you …. He paid his dues in life, may he now rest in peace….

  2. I have fond memories of Tom…he always had time to visit and share a laugh. My sympathy to his family.

  3. Tom was one of the good ones! Truly a good man with a good heart, he was always a true and loyal friend. As a classmate, he was one of the key members of the “Class of ’67”.

    My sympathy to all of the Bigley family for their great loss. Hold fast to your memories.

    Michael E. Birmingham

  4. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. Jesus promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again at John 5:28,29 which talks about the resurrection hope. What a wonderful hope that will be! May this bible thought bring you comfort at this difficult time.


  6. Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Tom Bigley. Everyone are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Tom will be remembered for years to come as the “go to guy “when you had a question but no answer.
    He always had a smile and a remark. He will be missed by many. Did not have the chance to see him much the last few years but thought of him often after we heard he was not feelings well. We will keep you in our prayers at this time. God Bless!

  7. Thank you Tom for your service to our country and for having such a nice family. You will be missed. Greg Murphy, cousin.

  8. Our sympathy to all of Tom’s family and friends. I remember all the ways Tom kept the nuns on their toes at IC and the class well entertained.
    Bill & Alice Gansen

  9. I just found out Tom passed away, I am so very sorry. Tom was a friend of of my dad’s and offered me alot of advice. When I worked at the grocery store we would have many short, meaningful talks about the worlds aflictions. He was always cooking up a batch of chili for the guys.

  10. Thank you all for your kind words about our brother Tom. He was so special and will leave a huge hole in our family. RIP Tommy Lee……Nancy

  11. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man or woman should die, can they live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

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