Name:   Samuel P. Biggerstaff

From:  The Evansville, Courier, Evansville, Indiana
Date:  Wednesday, June 2, 1993

Samuel P. Biggerstaff, 76, former county surveyor and consulting engineer for the city of Evansville, died at 8:07 p.m. Monday at Welborn Baptist Hospital.

He had served as county surveyor for the city under Mayor Frank McDonald, father of the current mayor, and Russell Lloyd.  He had also served as consulting engineer for Evansville and on the Board of Public Works during elder McDonald's administration.

He was a civil engineering graduate of Purdue University and was a former secretary for the Evansville Planning Commission.

Bob Brenner, current county surveyor, said that Biggerstaff had a reputation as a very intelligent, hard-working man ."I've known him since I was a kid. When I ran for office in 1976, he helped me.  I didn't know anything about politics or the surveyor's office and he told me the places to go, people to talk to, and how to raise a little money -- anything a politician would need to know."

Biggerstaff continued to serve as a consultant to the surveyor's office after he left office.  Brenner said that one of Biggerstaff's credits while in office was he creation of the bridge program, to replace county bridges.  While he was in office, 60 to 70 county bridges were replaced.

Biggerstaff attended Grace Fellowship Chapel and was a member of Society of Professional Engineers, Eagles and Elks.

He served as a Navy Seabee during World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Lucille; four sons, Michael of Jacksonville, Fla., Stephen and Richard, both of Indianapolis, and Aaron of Evansville; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ziemer Funeral Home - East Chapel, the Rev. Dennis Walters officiating, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.