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Warren R. Higgins

August 8, 1924 — March 25, 2021

Warren Higgins, 96, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 25 surrounded by family members. He is survived by Maxine, his beloved wife of 20 years. He is also survived by six children, Rob (Susan), Ris (Joe), Scott (Karen), Brian, Mara, Barb (Mike), 12 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Warren was preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Loe, and his son, Charlie (Karen).

Warren was born August 8, 1924, in Kenosha, WI. He attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, on a McMullen Scholarship in mechanical engineering. During WWII he co-piloted B-29s based out of Tinian Island in the Pacific Corridor, where he and his crew were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. During his Air Force career, Lt. Higgins was also awarded the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Warren spent his executive career in engineering and manufacturing at three companies serving the electrical, beverage, and agricultural industries. He retired in 1986 as vice president and general manager at the Deutz-Allis Company in Independence, MO.

Warren married Loe Jane Smith in 1946 and had four children: Rob, Ris, Charlie, and Barb. After Loe's death in 1999, he renewed a friendship with a long-standing family friend, Maxine Murphy, and they married in 2001. That marriage expanded his family by three more children – Scott, Brian, and Mara. Warren lived an extraordinary life – ever teaching love and family first, sharing wisdom, and modeling patriotism. He was devoted to his Sixth Bomb Group WWII brothers and their reunions with the Lucky Strike and Reamatroid B-29 flight crews. Warren was also an active Rotarian since 1957, served on bank and hospital boards, and started a foundation in his perennial spirit of giving back to each of the communities in which he lived.

Warren's faith was important to him; he was a devout Catholic and active in his church.
Upon his retirement, he was gifted a Santa Claus suit and delighted in handing out candy canes to everyone. On many Veteran's Days, he volunteered at schools, representing WWII vets to answer questions and share stories. In addition, he celebrated Presidents Day visiting local schools and dressing as Abraham Lincoln, sporting a black top hat, dyeing his white hair black, and talking with kids about Lincoln. He then passed out Lincoln head pennies to each student.
One of his favorite legacies was his role as grandpa. Upon the birth of each grandchild, Warren cross-stitched an heirloom-quality quilt as a gift. His other grandpa legacy was to take each grandchild on the trip of their choice with him once they reached age 18. He kept his life vital, which added to all of ours. Whenever he spoke to community groups, he handed out his card with the title American Patriot and Veteran. When done, he sang his own rendition of God Bless America.

UPDATE: A memorial service for Warren will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday August 7, 2021 at the home of his daughter, Barbara Barry, 2027 Timber Oak Ct. Hartland, WI 53029 with Pastor Tom Griffey officiating. Family and friends are invited to visit directly at Barbara's home from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service.

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