Kenneth M. Bigham (1932-2017)

CMSgt (Retired) Kenneth M. Bigham, 85, of Buda, TX passed away after a brief illness on November 15, 2017. Ken was born July 19, 1932 at his parents’ home in Sparta, Illinois to A.C. and Bessie (Montieth) Bigham. He graduated from Trico High School in Campbell Hill, IL in 1949.

Ken served his country honorably in the United States Air Force.  He was stationed at many bases, to include the Philippines, Greenland, Florida, and Texas and also served in Vietnam.  Ken was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, and the National Defense Service Medals.   Ken retired from the US Military after 27 years of service.   He also worked for 15 years at Texas Instruments.

Kenneth loved his family, Texas Longhorn Football, grilling bar-b-que, and traveling in his RV.  He also had a long-time love of golf and even mastered a hole-in-one at the Bergstrom AFB Golf Course.  He attended Buda UMC and the J.O.Y. Sunday School Class.

Early in his career stationed at Finland Air Force Station in Minnesota, Ken met the love of his life Janice Gustafson and married on March 14, 1953.  They were blessed with 4 children.  Ken will be dearly missed by those closest to him.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents A.C. Bigham, Bessie (Montieth) Bigham, brothers Hansel and Donald, son Scott W. Bigham, grandson Jacob Austin Dickens and many other loved ones.

Survivors include his wife; Janice Bigham of Buda, TX, children; Larry Bigham and wife Elaine of Belton TX; Tammy Bush and husband Jimmy of Chappell Hill, TX; and Bobbi Julien and husband Thad of Fishers, IN.  His legacy will live on through his 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

As a family, we’d like to extend a special thank you to the many years of care provided by Dr. John Dieck and his nurse Debbie.

Funeral services are entrusted to Harrell Funeral Home of Kyle, 1715 Kirby, Kyle, TX. A visitation will be held, Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. A funeral service will be held, Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  at the Buda United Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Philpot and Rev. Nancy Day officiating. A reception will be held in Ken’s honor immediately following the funeral service, at Buda United Methodist Church.

Interment will be held at 3:00p.m., following the reception, at Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Memorial Park, in Austin, TX. Please visit and leave a condolence to the Bigham family at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Buda United Methodist Church at PO Box 1196, Buda, Texas 78610.

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