Aug. 20, 1936 — Nov. 14, 2017
It is with much sorrow that we announce the death of Robert W. Higgins Jr. He passed on Nov. 14, 2017, at Providence Portland in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 81.
Bob was born in Great Falls, Montana, in 1936, to Robert and Gladys Higgins. As a child he loved spending time outside with his canine companions, as well as engaging in many raucous adventures with his Higgins and Brown cousins.
He attended Great Falls public schools, and later received his bachelor’s degree in biology at Great Falls University. In addition, he was a member of the Air National Guard, where he flew F-86 and F-104 aircraft.
Bob then moved his family to Chapel Hill, and obtained his master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina.
In September 1969, Bob and his wife, JoAnn, moved with their four children to Ketchikan, Alaska, where he was employed with Louisiana Pacific as the director of environmental control. During his 30 years in Alaska, Bob thoroughly enjoyed all the state had to offer, spending his days outside in his cabin cruiser, fishing and camping with his children and grandchildren.
When he wasn’t on the water, he could be found in his recliner, sipping Budweiser, watching sports and strumming his guitar and banjo. Bob was an avid bowler and rarely missed his weekly team league.
In 1999, Bob retired from Louisiana Pacific and relocated to Astoria, Oregon. During his later years, he walked daily around the neighborhood with his beloved miniature pinschers. He continued bowling in the local league with JoAnn and Uncle Kenny until his health no longer permitted.
He will be remembered for his infectious smile, unending love for his family and tender affection for animals.
Bob is preceded in death by his father, Robert; mother, Gladys; and sister, Judy.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, JoAnn Higgins; four children, Kerry Traudt (Kalvin), Kelly Higgins, Deborah Persian (Bob) and Scott Higgins; as well as five grandchildren, BreAnna, Ashley, Erin (Tory), Meghan and Cameron (Megan); and five great-grandchildren, Alek, Zachary, Avery, Malia and Emerson.
A memorial service will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Astoria, Oregon, on Dec. 2 at 12 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Hope House through the First Lutheran Church in Astoria, 725 33rd St., Astoria, OR 97103.