William W. Bigler (24)

Captain William W. Bigler, USN (Ret.), a submariner, died comfortably at home on 12 March, 2015. He was 80 years old. Wally was born on May 20, 1934 in Washington, PA to Annadill and John Bigler. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1956 and proudly served for 26 years as a submariner in the Silent Service. He married the former Collene K Cody of Honolulu, HI, and celebrated 47 years together. She was the consummate Navy wife, ever supportive and filling in for her husband during his many duty-related absences. Wally worked for Allied Signal served on the Arizona Foster Care Review Board. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife; brother George Bigler (Ines) and sister Mary Ann Clink (Barry). He is survived by son William W Bigler Jr. (Kathleen) of Lone Tree, CO, daughter Heidi Lynn Bigler of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, John, Rachel and Claire Bigler and many nephews, nieces and cousins whom he loved. A Memorial service will be held at Saturday March 28, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 with reception following the service. Captain Bigler and his bride will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery this summer with full military honors. 

Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 26, 2015.