George Bigner

George Bigner

George Bigner is the creator of Funyuns, an onion-flavored corn snack first introduced in 1969 to the United States. Constructed mainly of cornmeal and formed into rings using an extrusion process, they perfectly replicate the shape and texture of fried onion rings.

He was active in many religious, civic and volunteer organizations. Since 1994 he had been attending Manresa Retreat House in Convent, LA on a semiannual basis.

Early Life and Education

Early childhood is a period of rapid brain development, so the experiences children have during this time can have an enormous influence on their future. Whether these are positive or negative experiences, they shape their learning, behavior and health for life.

Early in life, children develop essential social skills and self-worth that will shape their perception of the world and moral outlook in later life. These foundations lay the groundwork for future academic, economic and social success.

Parents are a child’s primary educators, and the quality of their relationship during those formative years has an enormous effect on their development. Kids can create strong emotional connections with adults that will enable them to cope with challenging circumstances and succeed in school, careers and relationships in the future.

Achievements and Honors

Every year our students, faculty and alumni are honored for their accomplishments. George Bigner was no exception – he was honored in various categories such as academics, community service and professional endeavors. With an illustrious life that included a successful logistics career alongside passions like amateur photography and sports fanaticism, George died surrounded by his adoring fans leaving behind a lasting legacy of memories.

Personal Life

George Bigner has been involved with various religious and civic organizations for many years. He attended Manresa Retreat House in Convent, LA from 1994 until 1999 and served as Scoutmaster of Troop 84 at Our Lady of Lourdes from 1982 until 1989. Additionally, George is an active Knights of Columbus member – serving as Grand Knight of Father C.L Hug Council # 10554 in Arabi, LA from 1996 until 1997 and Master of District #4 of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus since 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Ida Zimmer; 4 sisters Mary Ward (Robert), Theresa Wilfert, Geralyn Suhor and Barbara Sicard; 3 stepchildren Danielle Waguespack, Renee Bigner and Kyle LeBlanc; 11 stepgrandchildren; as well as 7 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents George and Lorenza Zimmer, he leaves behind no living relatives.

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