Langdon Grant "Butch" HigginsMarch 20, 1921 – December 5, 2005
Butch Higgins passed away peacefully Dec. 5 at Heritage Park Care Center with Roaring Fork Hospice in attendance and his wife and daughters at his bedside. He was 84 years old.Butch was born in Long Branch, N.J., to Charles and Jeannette (Stout) Higgins, but moved to Florida at an early age. He graduated from Palm Beach High School and enlisted in the Army-Air Corps as a cadet, and served as a pilot stationed in New Guinea in World War II. After leaving the service as a first lieutenant and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and various service medals, he returned to West Palm Beach and became associated with Thomson and McKinnon Investment Brokers. While there, he graduated from the New York Institute of Finance, New York City.On Nov. 23, 1950, Butch and Jean Feek were married in Palm Beach, Fla. In 1966, the Higgins family moved to Lakeland, Fla., where Butch was associated with A.G. Edwards & Co. Investment Brokers. After a Christmas vacation in Glenwood Springs, the family moved to Glenwood in 1975.In Glenwood Springs, Butch became associated with brokerage firms and various other enterprises, including General Business Service and was founder and president of Business World Brokers Inc. In 1982, he and his daughter Julie started Julie’s Print Works, which evolved into a family-operated business. The Print Works Inc. is now owned and operated by Butch’s two daughters, Julie and Susie. He was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church for many years. He had served as Vestry Member and Junior and Senior Warden of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Lakeland.Butch was a member of various civic, business, and social organizations, including being a former member of the Glenwood Rotary Club. He loved skiing, playing golf and tennis, but the most important thing of all to him was his family. Butch and Jean had just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a champagne supper at Heritage Park Care Center.Survivors include his wife; daughters Susan (Mark) Straus, of Glenwood Springs, and Julie (Dale) Nesbit, of Rifle; sons Robert Higgins, of Grand Junction and Bill (Dottie) Higgins, of Palm Beach, Fla.; granddaughters Jamie Straus and Kari Nesbit, grandsons Scott Straus, Zachary, Nicholas and Ryan Higgins; niece Sherry (John) Fleming of Village, of Golf, Fla.; nephews Rick (Jeannette) Higgins, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Rand (Debbie) Higgins, of Juno Beach, Fla. He was preceded in death by brothers Richard and Hamilton Higgins of West Palm Beach.There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Dr., Glenwood Springs, with the Rev. William Waltz officiating. A reception in the parish hall will follow. Cremation has already taken place.A memorial service will be held at a later date in Palm Beach.In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Roaring Fork Hospice or the charity of your choice.Farnum Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St., Glenwood Springs, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
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