James E. Higgins

James E. Higgins, 83, of Marietta, passed away at Heartland of Marietta, on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

He was born on Aug. 8, 1930, in Parkersburg, to the late Ivan J. and Virginia Fox Higgins.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy from 1947-49 on the USS Mississippi. He retired from Elkem in 1993. He enjoyed his family, Bingo, square dancing, and his cat, “Kitty.” Jim was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.

Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathleen VanWey Higgins; daughter, Diane (Chuck) Hicks; grandchildren, Matthew (Meghan) Hicks, Emily (Mike) Seaman and Jessica (Jared) Hicks; and his great-grandson, Austin Seaman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Carver and Shirley Deem; granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hicks; and grandparents, John and Percenia Harper Higgins and Charles S. and Zelma Kesterson Fox.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, June 13, at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home. Friends may call after 2 p.m. with family present from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Thursday, June 12, at the funeral home.

Messages of sympathy may be sent at www.lankfordfh.com