Bruce Edward Bigler, 74, of Clay Center, died Sunday, October 23, 2022 at the Clay Center Presbyterian Manor. He was born on August 26, 1948 in Clay Center, the son of Jacob and Mae (Talbot) Bigler.
He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad after over 30 years. Before that, he served 3 years in the Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. Bruce participated in the Veterans Honor Flight in 2018.
Bruce was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and trapping. He even got his picture in the paper in the 80s for a record catfish from the Republican River.
Bruce was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Bigler, his parents, Mae and Jacob Bigler Sr, and sisters LaNora Eschelman and Connie Hullum.
Bruce is survived by his brothers, Jacob Bigler Jr and wife Sharon of Wichita, Ks and James Bigler and wife Yolanda of Van Nuys, CA, and his 8 nieces and nephews, Deborah Bigler, Chris Jones, Pam Riley, David Bigler, Patti Soliman, Ric Rosenkranz, Paula Riley-Ring, and Justin Bigler.
He is also survived by great nieces and nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Honor Flight in his name and can be sent in care of the Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home.
We sincerely thank the Presbyterian Manor and Meadowlark Hospice for caring for our uncle. It was clear that they cared about him and we appreciate them greatly.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 AM at the Clay Center United Methodist Church. Respect calls will be held at the church on Saturday, from 9:30 AM until service time.
Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Clay Center.