James Newsome Wiggins
James Newsome Wiggins of Glenwood Springs died Saturday, Nov. 28, at his home. He was 74.
The family will hold private services in the spring when his ashes will be spread over Haystack Mountain.
Mr. Wiggins was born July 6, 1929, in Ahoskie, N.C.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1947. He was stationed in Italy during the Berlin Airlift.
There, he met and married his first wife, Loredana Wiggins, a concert pianist.
Mr. Wiggins was later stationed in Okinawa, where he dealt with underground missiles. He also served tours of duty in Germany and French Morocco.
He returned to Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, and retired in July 1969 after 22 years of military service. He was an airman, an instructor and a recruiter.
He won many medals, including the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
His ribbon decorations included the Air Force Commendation, the Air Force Presidential Unit of Citation, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Air Force Longevity Service Award.
Mr. Wiggins continued his career in civil service. In 1978 he earned a business degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. His daughter Chris was also in his graduating class.
Mr. Wiggins married Donna Gail Johnson on Nov. 25, 1980, in Aurora.
He retired in 1993 from a position as budget analyst. He was recognized with a certificate of achievement for his 40 years of service to the federal government.
He was a member of the Comptroller Association and the Retired Sergeant’s Association.
Mr. Wiggins enjoyed gourmet cooking, hiking, hunting, working on projects at home, gardening and yard work, feeding wildlife that wandered into his yard, snowshoeing, mechanic work, and attending theater and jazz concerts and social events.
He lived life to the fullest and was happiest when he was outdoors with Mother Nature.
Mr. Wiggins is survived by his wife, Donna Wiggins of Glenwood Springs; by a son, Lawrence Wiggins of Nevada; by daughters Barbara Booth of Nevada and Christina Crawford of Virginia; by a sister, Cherry Powell of North Carolina; by five grandchildren; and by an uncle, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Farnum Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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