Elmer Thomas Biggerstaff Jr.

Elmer Thomas Biggerstaff Jr.

January 24, 1932 - January 06, 2019
Irvine CA

Elmer Thomas Biggerstaff Jr.

January 24, 1932 - January 06, 2019
Irvine CA


Elmer Thomas Biggerstaff Jr. was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. At the age of 86, Elmer met his loving wife, Marian of 60 years, in heaven on January 6, 2019.

Elmer was born on January 24, 1932 to Anna Mae and Thomas Elmer Biggerstaff Sr. in Newton, North Carolina. On December 28, 1950, Elmer joined the navy and served in the Korean War. He earned many accolades including: China Service Ribbon, Navy Occupation Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, and a Good Conduct Medal. Elmer retired from the navy as Gunners Mate 3rdclass on the USS Pine Island and was honorably discharged September 30, 1954. During this time, while on leave in San Diego, California the love of his life and best friend, Marian, flew from North Carolina to meet him and they were married on December 12, 1953 in Yuma, Arizona.

After his service he attended Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina and received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.After graduating, Elmer started working for Drexel Furniture Company as a manufacturer sales Rep in 1960. He led a long and prosperous career and retired in 1996 after 36 years. Upon retirement, he joined the Newport-Mesa Rotary Club and became President in 2002, as well as enjoying more time to spend with his children and grandchildren.

Elmer was preceded in death by his father Thomas Elmer Sr., his mother Anna Mae, and his beloved wife, Marian Virginia.

Elmer is survived by his sister, Jacqueline Steelman of North Carolina; his two children, Thomas Elmer Biggerstaff III, of North Carolina and Robin Biggerstaff Martinez, her husband Tony Martinez; his grandchildren, Jennifer Biggerstaff Ruder, Tara Biggerstaff Colby, Rachael Martinez Ostrea, Anthony Martinez,  Alec Martinez; and great-grandchild, Piper Virginia Ruder, all from California.

Services will be held January 24, 2019 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California, and will begin promptly at 12:00 PM, with a family and friends lunch gathering immediately after.


Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: January 24, 2019 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Riverside National Cemetery
  • Location: 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA 92518 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (951) 653-8417

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10 responses to Elmer Thomas Biggerstaff Jr.

  1. Aww… Renee,
    Thank you .. that means so much to us!!


  2. My condolences to the family of my old friend, Elmer. We were shipmates on “The Pine Island” from 1951 to 1955. We worked together, shared quarters, and became good friends. Later we learned we were both from the same clan of Biggerstaffs.

    I shall never forget the years we spent together.
    Charles R. Biggerstaff
    Huntsville, Alabama

  3. Missing you so much today Grandpa! I love you!



  5. Sandy Younce says:

    I believe Mr Biggerstaff was my 7th grade teacher at Whitnel Elementary in Whitnel NC.. i think that would have been around 1958. He was the first male teacher I had and he helped me improve my reading skills. I enjoyed being in his class.

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