Frank E. Higgins

Frank E. Higgins, 82, of Turk Lake, formerly of Hemlock, passed away Tuesday morning, May 9, 2006.

The son of Frank M. and Mary C. (Joynt) Higgins, was born on April 2, 1924, in Hemlock. A proud veteran of World War II, Frank served with the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he returned to the Hemlock area and began a life long career in farming. In addition, he worked as a union pipefitter and welder with Local No. 85. Frank was a past master of Merrill Masonic Lodge No. 411 F&AM. He was a member of the Turk Lake United Methodist Church. He enjoyed traveling, and wintering in Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dorothy Ann (Carson) Higgins on May 6, 1995; a son, Frank E. Higgins Jr. on March 4, 2004; and a brother, Manley Higgins in February of 2004. On Nov. 1, 1996, at Turk Lake United Methodist Church, he married Shirley (Evans) Martin.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Higgins of Turk Lake; his children, Sue (Mark) Lauer of Midland, John Higgins of Freeland, and Jim (Gail) Higgins of Hemlock; special "children" and their families, Bill (Alice) Frollo of Hemlock, and Sune Karlgard of Stockholm, Sweden; a brother, Rev. Howard (Elouise) Higgins of Missouri; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan, Matthew, Jake, Amber, Shannon, and John Jr.; stepchildren; step grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2006, at the Turk Lake United Methodist Church, 8900 Colby Road, north of Greenville. Burial will take place privately at LaPorte Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 11, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. Instead of flowers, Frank would have appreciated memorial contributions to either the Turk Lake United Methodist Church or the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Midland.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Frank's online guest book, or for more information, please visit:

Funeral Home

Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care - Greenville
511 S. Franklin Street  Greenville, MI 48838
(616) 754-5638

Published in Midland Daily News on May 10, 2006