Eugene C. Biglow
Age 78 – January 9, 2019
Eugene passed away peacefully on January 9, 2019. He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Myrtle and Earnest Grimes, his father and stepmother, Will and Louise Biglow; and sister Judith Robbins. He is survived by wife, Renee; children: Veronica Williams (Rodney), Audrey Johnson (Dirk), Tonya Lennox (Bryan), Eugene “Geno” Biglow, Jr., Chad Biglow, Theardise Lowman, Jr. (T.K.) and Richetta Lowman; brothers: Ernie, Anthony, Tommy and Kevin Grimes; sisters: Betty Riddle (Alvin); Brenda Stoker (Horace) and Sharon Grimes-Ndem; 26 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
SERVICES: Friday, Jan. 18th at 1pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 5911 Ville De Sante Dr., with VISITATION prior to the service, from 11am to 1pm.
Eugene Clifton Biglow, who was affectionately known as “Bootsie” to his siblings and “Gene” to his friends, was born on February 3, 1940, in Paris, Texas. He spent his early childhood in Denver, Colorado and later relocated to Omaha, Nebraska to live with his father. As a youth Eugene enjoyed boxing in the light weight division. He graduated from Technical High School and later attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Eugene had a great work ethic and was employed with AT&T (Western Electric) for 36 years, until he retired in 2000. He was greatly respected by all who worked with him.
Eugene was a soft -spoken man, but his words carried much weight. He loved his children, step-children, grandchildren and spiritual children. He always tried to impart to them the importance of being of good character and used his wisdom to impart many important life’s lessons. Eugene shared the words he heard from his father with his children: no matter what problems you might be having, BUSINESS GOES ON; he told his daughters not to bring a man to meet him if the man didn’t have a job and his own place, and told his sons their J.O.B. was their best friend. He loved reading to his children, sharing his personal storytelling, talking to them whenever possible and participating in the significant events in their lives.
Eugene learned the truth about the bible and dedicated his life to Jehovah God on October 5, 1985. It was his practice to ensure that he participated in the ministry each year on the anniversary of his baptism. Eugene loved the ministry and it was through working together in the ministry that he came to know his wife Renee. They were joined in marriage on July 2, 1988, and faithfully served Jehovah together for 30 years. Eugene stayed close to Jehovah by regularly doing his DBR’s (Daily Bible Reading) and M&M’s (Meaning Meditation). Even as his health declined, he tried to remain active in the ministry. Eugene willingly served the congregation in any assignment he was asked to perform; first as a ministerial servant and later as an elder. Despite his advancing illness, he drove to Wichita, Kansas in March 2017, to attend the School for Congregation Elders. Eugene said attending the school was one of the greatest highlights of his spiritual life, and he thanked Jehovah God for giving him the strength to attend. Eugene had complete trust in Jehovah. He stated throughout his years as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and especially during his illness, that he felt he was in Jehovah’s hands and he looked forward to living forever in the new world.
During his down time, Eugene enjoyed playing a good chess game, watching sports, and most of all working in his garden. He loved watching Western movies. Eugene always wanted to be dressed impeccably and didn’t consider himself to be properly dressed if his shoes were not shined. This attitude came from the years he spent in his youth shining shoes at the Greyhound Bus station and working at the Nebraska Clothing Store. He enjoyed taking pictures with his family, friends, and of his travels.
Eugene’s calm presence, infectious smile, and “tell it like it is” attitude will be sorely missed. He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather Myrtle and Earnest Grimes, his father and stepmother Will and Louise Biglow and sister Judith Robbins. He leaves to mourn his death his beloved wife of 30 years, Renee; cherished children: Veronica (Rodney) Williams of Phoenix, Arizona; Audrey (Dirk) Johnson of Washington, DC; Tonya (Bryan) Lennox of Mosley, Virginia; Eugene “Geno” Biglow Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona; Chad Biglow, Theardise (T.K.) Lowman Jr. and Richetta Lowman of Omaha, Nebraska; brothers Ernie, Anthony, Tommy and Kevin Grimes of Denver, Colorado; sisters Betty (Alvin) Riddle of East Chicago, Indiana; Brenda (Horace) Stoker and Sharon Grimes-Ndem of Denver, Colorado; 26 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, extended family and dear friends. “Grandpa” will be especially missed by special grandson Xavier Lowman.