Dennis James Higley, 61, of South Windsor, beloved husband of Karen (Livesey) Higley, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Manchester Memorial Hospital.
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He was born April 29, 1952, in Hartford, beloved son of Luella (Beard) Higley Wasil of West Simsbury and the late Robert I. Higley Sr., and had lived in Simsbury for many years prior to moving to South Windsor. Dennis was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Higley owned and operated Higley Trucking in South Windsor for the past 26 years. Dennis was a lifetime member of the VFW Metacomet Post 1926 in Simsbury. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and visiting with friends and family. Dennis also enjoyed collecting various items, fishing, shooting, and socializing.
Besides his wife of 33 years and his mother, he is survived by his three sons, Dennis N. Higley and his wife, Maricel, of Naugatuck, Matthew Higley and his wife, Danis, of South Windsor, and Nicholas Higley of South Windsor; three grandchildren, Stephen and Stanley Higley of Naugatuck and Kylee Higley of South Windsor; two brothers, Robert I. Higley Jr. and his wife, Laurel, and Allen Higley and his wife, Marianne; two sisters, Laurie Sager and her husband, Don, and Diana Woronecki and her husband, Don; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by two uncles, Earl Higley and Harold Beard.
Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury, on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, at noon at the Simsbury Cemetery, 160 Plank Hill Road in Simsbury.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in his name.
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Vincent Funeral Homes
880 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10, 2013