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Frank E. Higgins, 82, of Turk Lake, formerly of Hemlock, passed away Tuesday morning, May 9, 2006. The son of Frank M. & Mary C. (Joynt) Higgins, he was born on April 2, 1924 in Hemlock. A proud veteran of World War II, Frank served with the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he returned to the Hemlock area and began a life long career in farming, in addition to working as a union pipefitter and welder with Local No. 85. Frank was a past master of Merrill Masonic Lodge No. 411 F&AM, a member of the Turk Lake United Methodist Church, enjoyed traveling, and wintering in Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dorothy Ann (Carson) Higgins on May 6, 1995; a son, Frank E. Higgins, Jr. on March 4, 2004; and a brother, Manley Higgins in February of 2004. On Nov. 1, 1996, at Turk Lake United Methodist Church, he married Shirley (Evans) Martin.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Higgins of Turk Lake; his children, Sue (Mark) Lauer of Midland, John Higgins of Freeland, Jim (Gail) Higgins of Hemlock, Jackie Jones of Belding, Michael (Sue) Russell of Ada, and Denise (David) Jacobsen of Greenville; special children and their families, Bill (Alice) Frollo of Hemlock, and Sune Karlgard of Stockholm, Sweden; a brother, Rev. Howard (Elouise) Higgins of Missouri; twelve grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan, Matthew, Jake, Amber, Shannon, John Jr., Austin, Christopher, Keena, Janice, and Allan; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2006 at the Turk Lake United Methodist Church, 8900 Colby Road, north of Greenville. Burial will take place privately at LaPorte Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. Instead of flowers, Frank would have appreciated memorial contributions to either the Turk Lake United Methodist Church or the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Midland. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Frank’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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