|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1908|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 2011|
GALESBURG - Ernest Nelson Higgins Sr., 102, Galesburg, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 13, 2011, at 7:10 a.m. at his daughter's home.
He was born Nov. 28, 1908, in Fulton County, the son of Charles Meredith and Jessie Madonna (Beers) Higgins.
He married Mary Elizabeth Gustine on March 30, 1930, in Indiana. She preceded him in death on Sept. 25, 1998. He married Wanda Schrodt Mills on July 30, 1960, in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on Nov. 9, 2010.
Surviving are sons, Ernest (Margaret) Higgins Jr. of Mountain Home, Ark., Dan (Roberta) Higgins of Galesburg, and Howard (Debra) Higgins of Chatham; daughters, Alice Jane Lawson of Monmouth and Debora (Mark) Hessler of Galesburg; stepdaughter, Victoria (Roger) Zezulka of Lake Wales, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Doris Painter of Las Vegas, Nev. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Howard and Paul; and a son-in-law, Ronald Lawson.
He graduated from Canton High School and attended college in Rolla, Mo.
He was a farmer in Fulton County and moved to Chicago in the 1930s where he was a store manager for A&P Tea Co. During World War II, he spent two years working for Douglas Aircraft, after which he moved to Galesburg and participated in the construction of Mayo Hospital and was then employed by Golden Cream Dairy. In 1945 he opened Higgins Dairy, which was in business until 1972. He then worked for Ron's Super Valu and Mel's Red and White in Knoxville. In 1986, he went to work for Hy-Vee in Galesburg where he remained until October 2010. Most recently, he was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. He was a member of Pacific Masonic Lodge 66, AF&AM of Knoxville for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Moline Consistory and Mohammed Temple Shrine. He was a former member of the Galesburg Kiwanis, Galesburg Cosmopolitans and Knoxville Kiwanis.
Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Bethany Baptist Church in Galesburg, with the Rev. John Carlson officiating. Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, with Masonic service at 5 p.m. conducted by Pacific Masonic Lodge 66, AF&AM of Knoxville. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church in Galesburg or Galesburg Christian School
Online condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Register-Mail on March 17, 2011
Charles Meredith Higgins (1886 - 1968)
Jessie Madonna Beers Higgins (1887 - 1982)
Mary Elizabeth Gustine Higgins (1910 - 1998)
Wanda L Schrodt Higgins (1929 - 2010)
Howard V Higgins (1907 - 2004)*
Ernest Nelson Higgins (1908 - 2011)
Paul Meredith Higgins (1918 - 2001)*
Created by: Heaven bound
Record added: Mar 15, 2011
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