Edward Lee Bigelow
July 22, 1935 - January 30, 2007
EDWARD LEE BIGELOW loving and devoted husband, dad, papa and friend, rode peacefully ahead of us into Heaven on January 30, 2007 from HoustonTX after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Ed is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Renate, son and daughter in-law Mike & Kathy, their children Megan & Hannah of McAllen, Texas, daughter and son in-law Erika & Roger Wood and their son Justin of Driftwood, Texas, sister Barbara Gidcumb of Hillsborough, North Carolina, sister in-law Betty Bigelow of Olympia, Washington, sister in-law and husband Ingrid and Donald Bannon of Lafayette, Indiana and a wealth of other family and friends.
Ed was born on July 22, 1935 in Salem, Illinois and lived there throughout his childhood and was a prominent member of the Salem High's 1952 football team that is enshrined in the Illinois State Hall of Fame. Ed attended Southern Illinois University on a basketball scholarship and upon graduation enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed primarily in Hochst, Germany. A Vietnam Veteran and lifelong member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars and American Legion, Ed was a graduate of the U.S. Army Engineer Surveying School while stationed with the 317th Engineer Battalion.. Recognized as one of the world's experts in dip log interpretation and geological applications of oil logs, Ed lived in 10 states working for Schlumbergre, Gulf, Chevron, Baker Atlas and Unocal. The family settled in Missouri City in 1978, then in The Woodlands beginning in 2001. Ed authored or co-author of over 40 technical papers and 4 books on the oil industry, and conducted over 200 schools in 22 countries and 5 continents. Ed served as International President of the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts in 1987-1988 and received numerous citations and awards for technical accomplishments.
Ed was preceded in death by his son Brian Mathew, father Harold Mathew, mother Margaret Araminta and brother Robert Eugene. His life's celebration will be held at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, Texas on Saturday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Ed's name to The Woodlands United Methodist Church Foundation. "Enter thou into the joy of the Lord" Matthew 25:21
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