Kenneth Stadler Higgins 1923-2012 Kenneth S. Higgins, 89, died March 10, 2012 in Kingman, Ariz. He was born June 26, 1923 in Hinsdale, N.H., the second son of Rex and Eda (Stadler) Higgins. A resident of Hinsdale for most of his life, he attended Hinsdale schools and graduated from Hinsdale High school, Class of 1940. He worked as a carpenter with his father's business, Rex Higgins and Son, for many years and later on his own. He also worked for Cersosimo, and Dennis and Jamison Building in Brattleboro. He was a hard-worker, often joking that he had only worked 8 days last week. He was also involved with the Town of Hinsdale as a building inspector. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy from January 1942 to January 1946, attaining the rank of Bosun's Mate, 3rd class. He was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Manasquam on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. He was then assigned to the U.S.S. Ingham, on which he saw duty in North Africa, Panama and the invasion of Leyte Gulf, Bataan and Corregidor with the Ingham as flagship for Admiral Strubal. He completed his service at the occupation of China, and duty in Shanghai, Formosa, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. On October 26, 1947, he married the former Wilma Higley in Brattleboro, Vermont. In 1964, he married Florence Stevens Coull, who survives. Survivors include his son Andrew W. Higgins, his wife Anna Higgins, and granddaughter Fallon D. Higgins all of Gainesville, Virginia; his daughter Wendy H. Aarnio and her husband Frey Aarnio of North Pomfret, Vt.; a sister, Judith McMillan and her husband Stanley McMillan of Canajoharie, N.Y.; Two step-daughters, cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Harris Higgins and his sister, Phyllis Delano. There will be no calling hours.
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 17, 2012