John Robert Wigglesworth, 67, retired chief of the surveys division in Arlington County and long active in many Masonic orders, died of cancer Wednesday at Fairfax Hospital.

He had retired in 1972 after 30 years with the surveys division. He lived in Bowling Green, Va., commuting to his job in Arlington, until 1955 when he moved to Arlington.

Mr. Wigglesworth was eminent grand generalissimo of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

He was past potentate and a charter member of Kena Temple in Alexandria. He belonged to Arlington Centennial Lodges No. 81 and Arlington Royal Arch. Chapter No. 35 and was past high priest of Triangle Chapter No. 73 and past commander of Arlington Commandery No. 29.

Mr. Wigglesworth was past excellent chief of Knight Masons Council No. 12 of Virginia and a member of the Knight York Cross of Honor. He belonged to Norva Forest, Tall Cedars of Lebanon and was active in the Knight Templar Eye Foundation and the Shriner's Hospital Endowment Fund.

Born in Spotsylvania County, Mr. Wigglesworth attended Virginia Polytechnic Insitute and Richmond Polytechnic Institute.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Barlow Wigglesworth, of home in Arlington; three children, Patricia W. Ferre, of Annandale; John R. Jr., of Falls Church, and James W., of Arlington; three brothers, five sisters and nine grandchildren.