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Thomas J. Higgins

Peoria, Illinois

Nov 23, 1923 – Dec 13, 2018 (Age 95)

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Thomas J. Higgins
Peoria - Thomas J. Higgins, age 95, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

Thomas was born November 23, 1923 in Peoria, IL, a son of Michael and Mary (Dempsey) Higgins.

He married Audrey E. Rubnich on August 7, 1948 in Peoria. She preceded him in death on February 5, 1998.

Surviving are his children; Nanette (Scott) Russell of Morton, Michelle (Al) Mendenhall of Hanna City, Carla (Steve) Heuermann of Peoria and Mark Higgins of Peoria, daughter-in-law Deb Berg Higgins of Rio Rancho, NM, as well as 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mary Ellen Marxen and one son, Daniel T Higgins.

Thomas proudly serviced in WWII in the US Army Air Corp. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and flew 35 combat missions as a gunner on a B17 bomber.

He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for 42 years, last working as a manager in the research department. He retired in 1983.

He was a lifelong member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

A Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 AM, Thursday, December 27, 2018 at St. Mark Catholic Church with a one hour prior visitation. Msgr. Brian Brownsey will officiate. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Private burial of cremains will be at Resurrection Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, Peoria, IL.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com .


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Tom was well respected. Dad (John Hoffman) worked many years in the Research Department as a Research Engineer and as such knew Tom. Dad and I had the utmost respect for Tom as Tom and I came in contact over my years at Cat. My condolences to Tom's family.

Jim Hoffman

Tom was a wonderful long time neighbor. Living to be 95 years a great feat.