LAKELAND - John William Higby (Bill) 2501 Cresap St. went home to heaven on Saturday, March 1. He died at home after a long illness due to cancer.
He was born May 27, 1934 in Cattaraugus County, NY . Son of the late Leon and Helen Higby. He married Crystal A. Wilkins on August 18, 1956 in West Clarksville, NY He attended Richburg School.
Surviving along with his wife are his sons John (Cathy) Higby and Ricky Higby of Friendship, NY, daughters Patricia (Terry) Crawford of Lawndale, NC and Tammy (Kelly) Wheaton of Lakeland, FL. 16 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews as well as his dog companion, Dixie.
He was predeceased by his parents, 3 sons Billy, Ronald and Scott Higby, daughter Bonnie Higby Leasure, granddaughter Brandi Higby and many beloved pets including Chelsea and Bandit.
Bill worked for many years as a truck driver and construction worker. He owned Higby's Home Services for several years before retiring in 2007. He attended K-ville Assembly's of God in Auburndale, FL and United Church of Friendship. He was a past member of the AmVets, VFW
and American Legion in Cuba, NY. He enjoyed time with family, buying and selling at auctions and flea markets and working around his house and yard.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at K-ville Assembly of God on Tuesday, March 4th at 3pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to local SPCA.