Garry A. Wigham

Garry A. Wigham

Birth
Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Death 27 Sep 2011 (aged 62)
Blooming Prairie, Steele County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 100502215 · View Source
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GARRY A. WIGHAM

Garry A. Wigham, Blooming Prairie died Sept. 27, 2011, from an accident in rural Blooming Prairie.

Garry was born June 20, 1949 in Austin, the son of Robert and Kathleen (Wolf) Wigham.
He graduated from Adams High School in 1967. After high school Garry enlisted in the United States Navy and served stateside for two years.

Garry was united in marriage to Janelle Lunde on June 28, 1970, in Adams. The couple later divorced.
He then married Donna (Wacek) Archer on Jan. 24, 1982, at Holy Trinity Church at Litomysl.

The couple made their home in Blooming Prairie. Garry was employed at OTC/SPX for 33 years, retiring in 1999. He worked at BP well Company for six years. Garry's life interests included fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and riding his lawn mower.
Garry is survived by his wife Donna, children Chad (Wendi) Wigham of Cold Spring, Scott Archer of Blooming Prairie, Jerod (Tasheena) Wigham of Owatonna, Jonathan (fiancée Alisha Baker) Blooming Prairie, Amy (Chris) Gefre of Blooming Prairie, 15 grandchildren, his mother Kathleen Wigham of Adams, two sisters, Nancy (Dave) Jax of Bloomington, Kathy (Doug) Schneider of Chicago, IL, two brothers, Robert Wigham of Owatonna, Steven Wigham of Geneva, Garry was preceded in death by his father Robert, his brother Bradley, son Bradley Archer, and sister -in-law Denise.

Memorials are preferred to the family.

Memorial services were Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Brick - Meger Funeral Home (1603 Austin Road, Owatonna).
Military honors provided by Steele County Funeral unit.

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BLOOMING PRAIRIE WELL DIGGER KILLED IN FREAK WORK ACCIDENT

Rick Bussler
Times Publisher

A freak well accident has claimed the life of a local well driller.

The Steele County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Garry A. Wigham, 62, of Blooming Prairie. Wigham was employed by BP Well Co., according to Sheriff Lon Thiele.

Emergency personnel responded to a call for help Sept. 27 at 9:59 a.m. at a farm place located two miles west of Blooming Prairie. By the time rescuers arrived, there was nothing that could be done for Wigham. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Steele County Coroner.

Because the incident is still under investigation, Thiele did not want to divulge specifics of what happened to Wigham. The sheriff would only say that there had been major "equipment failure" resulting in a head injury to Wigham.

The sheriff's office brought in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to do a complete investigation of what led to Wigham's death. OSHA will issue a report at a later time, Thiele said.

Wigham was working with one other crew member at the time of the accident, the sheriff said. "They were working on a well and getting ready to remove a well head when the accident happened," Thiele told the Times.

The owner of the farm place was not home at the time of accident, Thiele said.

"This was certainly a freak accident," Sheriff Thiele said. "He was out there doing his job and then something went terribly wrong in which a fatality was involved."

Thiele said he has never seen an accident like this in his many years in law enforcement.

Blooming Prairie Ambulance and Blooming Prairie Fire Department assisted the sheriff's office at the scene.

Wigham was employed with the local well company for six years. He is survived by a wife, five children and 15 grandchildren.


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