Retired Army Maj. Gen. Horace Freeman Bigelow, 70, an ordance officer whose last assignment was deputy chief of logistics, programs and budget, died Dec. 14 at his home in Cape Coral, Fla., after choking on a piese of food.

He had served briefly as the final chief of ordnance in 1962 before the Army reorganization of that year and retired in 1964. Recalled to active duty a short while later, he then served until a second retirement in 1966. Earlier he had held other assignments here and at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

Gen. Bigelow was born in Boston and grew up in Bellows Falls, Vt. He graduated fom the Military Academy at West Point in 1932.

During Wrold War II, he served in Italy, and later in Germany and Japan. His decorations included the Silver Star, Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf clusters and the Legion of Merit.

Gen. Bigelow had been active in community affairs in Cape Coral where he had lived since his last retirement.

He is survived by his second wife, Marjorie, of the home; two dauthters, Louise Ann Kupec of Burke, Va., and Judith Roberta Tritz, of Fort Knox, Ky.; three sisters, Marion Massacco, of Bellows Falls, Rhoda Bond, of Richmond, and Polly Yaeger, of California, and five grandchildren.