Ivan Edward “Ed” Wiggins, 80, of DeKalb, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 7, 2013, at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center following a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Born Nov. 27, 1932, in Jefferson County, the son of Edgar Harold and Hazel (Wilson) Wiggins, Ed attended Oakdale Elementary School and graduated in 1951, from Weber Township High School in Bluford. He entered the US Army in 1953, during the Korean Conflict. His awards and decorations included the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal and the Sharpshooter Medal (Rifle). After completing training, he was assigned to Headquarters Company, 63rd Signal Battalion in Salzburg, Austria, until his honorable discharge in January 1955.
Ed married Alice Marie Dorris on Dec. 11, 1955, at Grove Street Baptist Church, DeKalb, after they left Southern Illinois in September 1955. Ed was active in church. He was a member of Victory Baptist in DeKalb and served as an usher for many years.
Ed worked as an operating engineer for Elliott & Wood from 1956, until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of Local 150 Operating Engineers Union for more than 45 years.
Ed’s interests included go-carting in the 1950s, snowmobiling in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and small-tractor-pulling in the ‘80s. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He liked working on engines, small and large, in his spare time.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice; daughters, Kimberly (Michael) Binder of Cortland and Dianne (Dennis) Grant of DeKalb; grandchildren, Ashley and Justin Davis and Jamie Grant; brother, Jim (Mary Catherine) Wiggins of Bluford; sisters-in-law, Martha Wiggins of Mt. Vernon, Helen Dorris of San Diego, Wanda (James) Walters of Muncie, Ind., Joan Goodspeed of Aurora, Colo., Sue (Kenneth) Hetsel of Salem, Ore. and Luceal Dorris of Johnston City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Wiggins; nephew, Michael Goodspeed; sister-in-law, Oma Jones; and brothers-in-law, Elwin, Harold and Earl Dorris, Bill Goodspeed and Dewey Jones.