Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 17, 2013
Junior Higgs

Obit Junior HiggsJunior William Higgs, 90, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home on Oct. 12, 2013.  He was born on March 13, 1923, the second of 14 children to Christopher Moses and Florence Ann Hardman Higgs. He attended Davis High School and soon after joined the Military. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific. After returning home, he married the love of his life, Jean Elsie Neilson. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple by Harold B. Lee on April 17, 1946. Together they had four children, Terry, Gary, Linda, and Randy. They raised their family in Tooele, and Junior worked at the Tooele Army Depot where he retired after 36 years. After retiring, Junior and Jean enjoyed traveling the country and loved spending their winters in warm Las Vegas where they spent their days playing their favorite game of bingo together. Junior enjoyed hunting, fishing and shooting guns. He also liked to spend time watching videos and making homemade gun holsters in his later years. He also loved spending time with his family, especially at their famous annual Christmas party. Junior and Jean had nearly 65 years of wonderful marriage until Jean passed away on Feb. 6, 2011. He is survived by his children, Terry (Anita) Higgs of Kanosh, Utah; Gary (Debbie) Higgs of Roy, Utah; Linda (Marvin) Wilcock of Lehi, Utah; and Randy (Cris) Higgs of Modesto, Calif.; brothers, Dell (Doris) Higgs of Boise, Idaho; Jerry (Gloria) Higgs of Magna, Utah; and Jay (Maurine) Higgs, Allan (Laurie) Higgs, and Eugene (Sharon) Higgs, all of Layton, Utah; sisters, Bessie (Don) Peterson of Sandy, Utah; Alice Walton of Clinton, Utah; 16 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. Junior was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jean; brothers, Joseph Higgs, Arvel Higgs, and Bob Higgs; sisters, Jane Smith, Bertha Rosser, and Annie Smith; and one great-granddaughter, Taylor Jarman. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at noon in the LDS Chapel located at 180 S. Coleman in Tooele. Family will meet with friends prior to services starting at 10:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will be held at Bluffdale City Cemetery, 14250 S. Redwood Rd. at 3 p.m. Services entrusted to Tate Mortuary.

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