Bigham, David Wynn age 41, of Shorewood, passed away suddenly on February 22, 2012. Preceded in death by brothers, Bobby and Timmy. Survived by wife Susan (nee Itschner) and children, Wynn David and Emma Elizabeth; parents, Vernon E. and Wanda M. (nee Skeie) Bigham; siblings, James (Cindy) Bigham, Nancy (Dan) Sheran, John (Lisa) Bigham, Mark (Renae) Bigham as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Vibrant and dynamic, David exhibited a zest for life that touched all who knew him. "Biggie" or "Bigsy" made friends easily with his warm smile, sense of humor and undeniable charm. David was born on September 20, 1970 to Vernon and Wanda (Skeie) Bigham in Mankato, MN. He attended Mankato West High School where he excelled in athletics. His talent was evident at a young age as he was scouted while still in high school by both the NHL and the MLB. David was a standout hockey player for the St. Paul Vulcans of the United States Hockey League during the 1989 - 90 season. He was recruited by Bob Gebhard and drafted by the Minnesota TWINS in 1989. During his 8 seasons with professional baseball, he played for the TWINS, White Sox, Mets and Orioles organizations. In 1993, he married Susan Ellen Itschner, of Owensboro, KY, who remained the love of his life for 19 years. Together they raised two beautiful children and not only were they partners in life but were also partners in business. David was a successful realtor, who worked for Edina Realty and ReMax Results for 15 years, where he was continually ranked as a top seller. He was recognized nationally as a Top 1% Realtor and was named a Super Agent by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business. David played for the 10 time state champion Minnetonka Millers. His real life success was his connection with people. David especially treasured coaching his own children and in turn became a mentor and role model for the youth of Minnetonka. A beloved figure in the community, he endeared himself to all, making everyone feel special by giving them unique nicknames. He will be remembered as a man who brought joy and inspiration to others and as a devoted husband and father who lived for his family. Visitation will be Sunday, February 26th from 3-6 PM at Huber Funeral Home, Eden Prairie Chapel, 16394 Glory Lane, Eden Prairie (1/2 mi. S. of Hwy. 5 on Cty. Rd. 4). A celebration of life service will be Monday, February 27, 2012 at 11 AM with a visitation at 10 AM at Westwood Community Church, 3121 Westwood Drive, Excelsior (952-224-7300). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dave Bigham Family Memorial can be mailed to PO Box 603 Excelsior, MN 55331 or dropped off at the Excelsior branch of the TCF Bank. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970 www.huberfunerals.com
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.