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Robert Higgins

Robert Higgins, 92, of Chestnut, IL passed away at 4:40 AM, Feb. 12, 2024 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

Robert was born Feb. 4, 1932 in Argenta, IL the son of Charlie and Sarah Ellen (Moore) Higgins. He married Bernadine Ater April 14, 1953 in Argenta, IL.
Survivors include his wife, Bernadine Higgins of Chestnut, IL, their children, Mike Higgins (Anne) of Kenney, IL, Debbie Potterfield (Johnny) of Palmyra, MO, Connie Romans (Tim) of Stillwater, OK, and Jeff Higgins of Bradford, IL, along with one sister, Joanne Krall of Argenta, IL. Also surviving are grandchildren, Andrew Romans, Kara Wright, Sarah Glickstein, Kortney Higgins and Kristen Higgins, and great-grandchild, Eleanor Wright.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers - George, Harold, Dean, and Berlyn Higgins, and Keith Wright; four sisters - Roberta McDermith, Marguerite Feldpouch, Faye Grider and Lorene Myers.
Robert was a US Navy Veteran reaching the rank of 2C Quartermaster. He was a member of VFW Post 5166 in Wapello, Iowa. 

He was a long-time farmer, along with working for BoJac Seed Corn in Mt. Pulaski and Chanen’s Auto Supply in Wapello, IA. 

One of Robert’s biggest loves was traveling to Arizona with Bernadine in their motorhome.  He and Bernadine also made many cross-country motorcycle trips as members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.

At home, Robert could fix virtually anything, from cars to vacuum cleaners.  He loved playing cards, and he and Bernadine stayed up late many nights playing Hand and Foot, a version of Canasta, with kids and grandkids. 

Robert’s garden was the envy of his neighbors. He especially enjoyed growing a variety of tomatoes, and loved sharing them with family and friends. 

He enjoyed spending time with his family, and had a special love for his great-granddaughter, Eleanor.  

No services are planned at this time. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
Memorials may be directed to Robert Higgins Memorial Fund c/o Bernadine Higgins.

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