(December 3, 2002)
A memorial service was held Saturday at the Berkeley Baptist Church in Denver for former Powell resident William Robert (Bob) Wigham, 82, who died Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Lakewood, Colo., where he was hospitalized following an automobile accident.
Mr. Wigham was born Jan. 23, 1921, in rural Weld County, Colorado. He was the only child of Robert Wigham and Dovie Lucille Sanders.
His childhood was spent near Broadwater, Neb., until his parents moved to claim a homestead on Whistle Creek southeast of Powell. He farmed with his parents until he joined the Civil Conservation Corps for a year in 1939. He then worked in the air defense industry in San Diego and Kansas City, Mo. until 1942.
He married Katie Barbara Gillett Aug. 21, 1941, in Powell. They farmed near Powell from 1942 to 1950 when they moved to Sterling, Colo. In 1973, he moved his company to Denver and continued his business until he retired in 1984.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sterling and then the Berkeley Baptist Church in Denver. He was also a lifetime member of the Elks in Sterling. He enjoyed boating and playing pinochle with his family, flying his own airplane and playing pool with his buddies.
Survivors include his wife Katie of Denver; four children, Roberta and her husband Reggie Wyckoff of Genoa, Colo., Nancy Brubaker and Rex Swett of Boulder, Colo., Tom Wigham and his wife Paula of Westminster, Colo. and Bill Wigham and his wife Linda of Greeley, Colo.; his sister-in-law, Nellemay Blevins of Powell; his brother-in-law, Lee Gillett and wife Carolyn of Powell; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
A committal service at the Platteville (Colo.) Cemetery followed the services. Memorial remembrances may be made to the Berkeley Baptist Church.