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Charles T. Higgins

Born in Hastings, Nebraska on May 28, 1926
Passed away on Sun. April 23, 2017 and resided in Mount Vernon, WA

Services will be held at Kern Funeral Home on Fri. May 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

Longtime Mt. Vernon resident, Charles (Charlie) Higgins, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 23, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones. He was 90 years old and had led an active life until recently. His family moved to Mt. Vernon in 1930 from Hastings, Nebraska. In 1944, at the age of 17 with parental consent, Charlie joined the United States Marine Corps as a machine gunner after training at Camp Pendleton, California. He landed with the first wave at Iwo Jima in WWII. During the occupation he was wounded in action and received two Purple Hearts and his unit received the Presidential Unit Citation. His early interest in the outdoors took him to Washington State University where he received a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management in 1950. This led him to employment throughout Washington and Alaska as a Park Ranger and Enforcement Agent. Later in life, he was an Office Manager at Skagit Valley Trucking where he worked for 25 years and retired in 1989. Charlie married the love of his life, Doris L. Lassen in 1983. They had known each other since they were neighbors as children. They shared 34 happy years together. He was devoted to his family and three grandchildren. His main hobbies throughout life were hunting and fishing, which he did throughout the Western United States. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his lifelong friends, Dudley, Zeke and Charlie Ross. He spent many weekends with the Ross family in Concrete in his early years. Charlie was a ham radio operator, Volunteer Firefighter, Elks member, and Marine Corps League member. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge for 50 years and was a 32 Degree Mason. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles T. Higgins and Lillian R. Higgins, one brother, John W. Higgins, and one sister Carolyn Shropshire Charlie is survived by his wife, Doris, stepson Jim Lassen (Cary), stepdaughter, Debbie Lassen Holtmann (Duane), grandchildren, Lisa Holtmann (Sean Monahan), Stacy Holtmann and Seth Lassen. He leaves nieces Becky Kloss and Terry Higgins. A graveside service will be held at Hawthorne Memorial Park at 10:00 AM, Friday, May 5, 2017. There will be a memorial service with Military Honors following at 11:00 AM at Kern Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Memorials may be made in memory of Charles T. Higgins, Jr. to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or you can go to, www.woundedwarriorproject.org or a charity of your choice.


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