Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2011, at South Park Cemetery, for Merrill Dean Bigelow, 81, of Roswell, who passed away April 5, 2011, in Lubbock, Texas. The Rev. Jim Bignell of Aldersgate United Methodist Church will officiate, with honors provided by Roswell Veterans Honor Guard. Merrill was born on March 7, 1930, in Huntington, Ind., to Evon and Nora Bigelow, who preceded him in death.
Merrill married Dorothy Mae Oliver on Oct. 30, 1954, in Kendallville, Ind. She survives him at the family home. Merrill is also survived by a daughter Ann Marie Forney, of Frankfort, Ind.; grandchildren, Sabrina Harvey and her husband Ben, of Kendallville, and James Schrick, of Frankfort; and great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jacob Harvey.
Merrill served his country in the United States Army in France from 1952 to 1953. He also was a carpenter in the construction business. Friends may pay respects online at lagronefuneralchapels. com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.