Thomas Edward “Tom” Bigge, 72, of Stockton, Kansas passed away March 11, 2019 at the Rooks County Health Center in Plainville, Kansas. He was born May 20, 1946 in Hays, Kansas to Edward Kirk and Bethyl Maxine (Fry) Bigge. Tom graduated from Stockton High School in 1964. Four years later, February 18, 1968, he married the love of his life Ruth Ann Wilhite in Basehor, Kansas.
He and Ruth Ann raised five children to adulthood, all of which have remained within driving distance of “home.” Tom worked hard on the land he loved raising kids, crops, and livestock. He especially obtained great satisfaction from working with his livestock.
To say the least, Tom wore many hats throughout his life time. He was a family man, farmer, stockman, house mover, hunter and a demolition contractor. Known as a man of integrity, Tom’s word was his bond. He believed there is very little that hard work cannot overcome. However, he also made time to enjoy life. He rarely missing the opportunity to travel, enjoy a joke and a have good laugh.
Tom was very involved in his community and its activities. Having served as President of the Unified School District #271, President of Rooks County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, President of Farmers Union Cooperative, Trustee of the Congregational Church and a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Historic Fort Hays.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, an infant daughter, two grandsons and a granddaughter.
Tom is survived by his loving wife Ruth Ann of the home, Stockton; sons: Curt Thomas (Rebecca) Bigge, Douglas Edward (Kori) Bigge, Stephen Louis (Melissa) Bigge all of Stockton; daughters: Beth Ann (Jason) Pfeifer, Russell, Holly Marie (Aaron) Beaton, Scott City; sisters: Robyn Harris, Kansas City, Missouri, Cynthia J. Kindall, Norton and a “special daughter” Christine M. (Thomas) Patry who has meant so much to Tom and Ruth Ann; and 13 grandchildren.
A good man is gone from our midst but never will be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorials be given to FFA Chapter in Stockton, Friends of Historical Ft. Hays or Rooks County Health Center Physical Therapy Department.
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