In memory of

Charles F Higgins

February 14, 1924 - October 9, 2019
From: Early, IA
Charles  F Higgins

Charles F Higgins

Born: February 14, 1924
Died: October 9, 2019
Age: 95
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Charles Higgins, age 95 of Early, IA, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, IA.  Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, Charles Frank Higgins Jr. was born on February 14, 1924 to parents Charles and Linnie (Horrel) Higgins in Sac City, IA.  He grew up in Sac City, where he attended and graduated from Sac City High School.  On June 8, 1945, Charles enlisted to serve his country in the United States Navy during World War II.  He was honorably discharged on July 6, 1946.  After returning from the war, Charles began farming.

   On November 5, 1949, Charles married Yvonne Lamoureux.  They made their home in Lytton before buying their first farm in Odebolt, later moving their growing family to Early.  This union was blessed with 10 children.  Charles had a love for the outdoors.  He enjoyed farming, combining, working with animals, tomato gardening, Pioneer Seed corn and watching Notre Dame Football.  Charles loved John Deere Tractors, especially the “4020”.  He was the Lay Director at Sacred Heart Church and active in the Cursillo Movement.  Charles was also a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the School Board at Storm Lake St. Mary’s Catholic School.  Charles and Yvonne raised their family in faith and took pride in watching their love for God and Catholic education spread within their family.  He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his 10 children: Theresa Meents of Omaha, NE, Mark Higgins of Washington DC, Eileen (Joe) Hemer of Waverly, IA, Mary Anne (Kevin) Paulsen of Austin, TX, Martha (Jeff) Smith of Juniata, IA, Liz (Keith) Kerfeld of Hugo, MN, Mike (Mary) Higgins of Early, IA, Ellen (Frank) Rieder of Jersey City, NJ, Barb (Shawn) Gillen of Beloit, WI and Kate (Cheryl) Higgins of Boulder, CO; 26 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; siblings: Margaret (John) Degarmo of Clive, IA, John Higgins of Mason City, IA and Edna Miller of Ankeny, IA; Yvonne’s siblings: Pat Hammen of Storm Lake, IA, Art (Jeannie) Lamoureux of Belmond, IA, and Cheri (Del) Conneally of Omaha, NE.

   Charles is preceded in death by his wife Yvonne; parents Charles and Linnie; grandchildren: Annette, Charlie, Colette and Henry; infant sister Theresa Higgins and sisters Mary Dahm and Frances Drey.


Mass Of The Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Saturday
October 12, 2019
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Early, Iowa

5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday
Rosary at 4:45 p.m.
October 11, 2019
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Early, Iowa
Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 9:37 PM
“Mike and Mary Higgins, so very sorry to hear belated that your dad (father-in-law) passed away. We would have come had we known.”
- Ann and Luigi turletti
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:53 PM
“Martha and Family. Barb and I offer our condolences on the passing of your father. Your Mom, Dad, and siblings were one of those good Early, IA farm families!”
- Tim and Barb Vonnahme
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 1:46 PM
“Sincere sympathy and prayers in the loss of your loved one. May he rest in peacefully in the arms of our heavenly father.”
- Sister Lenore Steilen, OSF
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 1:46 PM
“Hello, I worked at Methodist, and I just found out he passed away, and when I found out I was so heartbroken, I loved being in the hall he was at he always my day when I worked. I am so sorry for your loss, he touched many and he definitely touched my life .”
- Dania Roque
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 1:46 PM
“Mark, Eileen, MaryAnn, John, and all the rest (don't know if I remember all your names):
Please accept my sincerest sympathies for your loss. Charlie was one of the nicest and funniest people I knew; a joy to be around. He and Yvonne were a beautiful couple, and you all are a beautiful family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- John Landgraf
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“Our hearts go out to you with the loss of your Dad. He was such a fun loving kind man and will long be remembered. Take heart ,he will be with his beloved Yvonne waiting for all of you in their forever home.”
- Margaret
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 1:44 PM
“What can I tell you about Charles. I am so blessed to have been a part of his life. He was so fun and we had many laughs together. Loved his humor and his smile. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Prayers to his family he loved so dearly.. ”
- Wendy Urban
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 12:36 PM
“Our condolences to all of Charles relatives and friends. He continues to live in the memory of all those who knew and loved him.”
- Jon & Audrey Hunstock
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 12:36 PM
“Sending hugs and prayers to your family - we were longtime neighbors in Odebolt - he was always a kind and gentle man.
He will surely be missed by all.”
- Jan Rabe Hosteng
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 10:17 AM
“I am sorry for your loss. 95 years is certainly a blessed life. Esther I will be thinking of your family during this difficult time. ”
- esther harrington
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