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Cecil Vern Higman

Cecil Vern Higman

A loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa, Vern Higman lived a full life spanning nine decades. His life's accounts of the depression era, his years in the Navy as a pilot in World War II and Korea, were many. Growing up in south and downtown Seattle, Vern graduated with honors from Highline High School. Later, in the Navy on the Ticonderoga aircraft carrier, he piloted his TBM Avenger "Round Trip Ticket", earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross among other medals. He also survived two Kamikaze attacks.

After working hospitality and managing clubs from Sandpoint Naval Air Station to Rota, Spain, Vern taught culinary arts from Seattle to Alaska. His passions were music, banjo, cooking, and teaching. He retired to his Kingston beach home with his wife of 42 years, Betty.

Vern is also survived by six of eight children, numerous grand and great-grandchildren, and by five of an original eight siblings.

From family to friends, and the many lives he touched throughout his life, he will be missed deeply.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012 at Stone Chapel, Poulsbo with a reception after at the Kingston Yacht Club. A Naval Honors burial will be at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 5, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.

Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2012
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