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Thomas J. Higgins

November 23, 1923 December 13, 2018
Thomas J. Higgins
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Obituary for 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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Visitation

Thursday

27

Dec

9:30 AM 12/27/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 12/27/2018 10:30:00 AM
St. Mark Catholic Church

1113 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61606

St. Mark Catholic Church
1113 W Bradley Ave Peoria 61606 IL
United States

Memorial Mass

Thursday

27

Dec

10:30 AM 12/27/2018 10:30:00 AM
St. Mark Catholic Church

1113 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61606

St. Mark Catholic Church
1113 W Bradley Ave Peoria 61606 IL
United States

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St. Mark Catholic Church

1113 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61606
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