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Richard "Dick" Higgins, 92, passed away in his sleep February 17, 2013 at Arbor Springs. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 20, at 11 a.m. at Windsor United Methodist Church, 6222 University Avenue in Des Moines. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Care, 7975 University Blvd, Clive.

Richard was born December 15, 1920 in Burlington, Iowa. After high school, Richard attended the University of Iowa where he graduated with a degree in business. After graduation, Richard joined the Army Air Corps. Because of his business degree, the Army Air Corps armed Richard with a typewriter. He worked preparing maps for bombing runs on Japan, and was stationed on Tinian. He mapped the Enola Gay to Japan for the first atomic bomb attack.

After the war, Richard returned to Iowa and initially worked at Schaffer Pen in Fort Madison, Iowa. Richard married his wife, Lois June Mumaw Higgins on June 30, 1948, and they had five children, Rick, Doug, Pat, Beth and Barb.

Since his college days at the University of Iowa, Richard has been a huge Hawkeye fan. For more than 20 years he and Lois traveled to all the home football games, bowl games and a couple away games every year.

Since the late 1960's Richard has managed Standard Oil stations in Des Moines. The first station was located at East 14th and Euclid. Later, in the early 1970's he moved the station to Merle Hay and Douglas. Richard's sons, Rick and Pat, were co-owners and managers at the service station. Since 2010, the station is located at 7425 Douglas in Urbandale.

Richard is survived by his wife, Lois; sister, Mary Elizabeth Anderson of Hastings, Nebraska; five children; seven grandchildren; and three great-grand children.

Memorials may be made to Windsor United Methodist Church.


Published in Des Moines Register from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2013
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