James Robert Higgins, 92, of Toledo and formerly Huron, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2008.
He was born Nov. 4, 1915, in Buffalo, N.Y., and lived in Painesville, Ohio, graduating from Harvey High School in 1932. After graduating from Miami University in 1937, he was employed by General Electric and Standard Tube until W.W. II broke out. He was employed by the U.S. Army Ordinance Department for the duration of the war and was heavily involved in the design of the Sherman Dual Drive Tank which made it operable both in surf and land. After the war, Mr. Higgins was president of Berea Radio and Supply Co., which sold and repaired appliances and televisions. He left the business in 1970 and worked briefly as a manager of a Western Auto store in Sandusky and as the original supply manager for Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron. He had a long association as treasurer of the Huron Yacht Club, who made him an honorable life member upon his retirement from that business.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Isobel (Bumbaugh).
He leaves behind two sons, Terrence (Mary) of Concord Township, Ohio, and Jim (Betty) of Louisville, Ky.; a daughter, Barbara (Dennis) Brengartner of Toledo; six grandchildren, John (Cindy) and Kerri, Brennan (Elena) Higgins, Suzette (Rodney) Miguel "Mike" (Laura) Brengartner and Bethany (Greg) Nero; and 10 great-grandchildren.
There will be no services. His body was donated to Medical College of Ohio.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Good Samaritan Fund of Epworth UMC, 3077 Valleyview Drive, Toledo, OH 43615, or to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 800 S. Detroit, Toledo, OH 43609.