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January 15, 2014

William Michael “Bill” Higgins, 89; New Albany

— Funeral Mass for William Michael “Bill” Higgins, 89, New Albany, will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Albany, with burial in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany. He died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Lincoln Hill Nursing Home,  New Albany.

  He was born Dec. 3, 1924 in Louisville, to the late Joseph and Mary Higgins Sr.  He was an Army veteran of World War II, retired from the City of New Albany, and also worked part time at Target. He was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church, member of American Legion Bonnie Sloan Post 28 and VFW Post 1693; past president of Floyd County Humane Society, New Albany Township Little League, and Floyd County Babe Ruth League; former board member of Southern Indiana Mental Health Association and Floyd County Youth Shelter; and past Cub Master of Pack 36 at Holy Family Church. He was an avid bowler and IU fan.  

Survivors include two sons, Mickey Higgins and his wife, Mary Jo, and Denny Higgins and his wife, Sandy; daughters, Karen Pearce and her husband, Mike, Diane Laslie and her husband, Roger, and Cathy Higgins; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Blunk Higgins; sister, Margaret Walts; and brothers, Joseph Higgins Jr. and James Higgins Sr.          

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Kraft Funeral Service, Charlestown Road Chapel, New Albany.

The family requests expressions of sympathy go to the Alzheimer’s Association or Floyd County Humane Society.

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