VAN WERT - Lee Bigham, Jr., 84, of Van Wert, died at 7:48 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born Sept. 4, 1928, near Dayton, Ohio, to the late Lee and Gladys (Warford) Bigham.

His wife, Patricia L. (Seekings), survives. They were married Sept. 4, 1949.

Other survivors include his sons: Paul F. (Elrhea) Bigham of Van Wert and Jay Bigham of Ft. Wayne; daughter: Ann Gardner of California; brother: Dave (Connie) Bigham of Rockford; sisters: Genevieve (Wayne) Timbrook of Hicksville, Ohio, Bonnie Bigham of Syracuse, NY, and Sylvia Belle Martin of Van Wert.

He was preceded in death by a son: Laurence, brothers: Wesley Bigham and Roger Lee Bigham and sisters: Margie Hurless and Rosalind Todd.

He retired from International Harvester in Fort Wayne. He was a 1946 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty High School.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Calling is Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at: cowanfuneralhome.com.