Theodore L. Ted Higgins, 76, of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at Kenosha Hospital.
He was born on August 18, 1937 to the late Everett Q. and Ella (Lloyd) Higgins in Erwin, TN.
Ted entered the US Navy on September 7, 1954. He was a Gunners Mate and served during the Vietnam War and the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged and retired on June 10, 1974 as a Chief Petty Officer.
On November 26, 1959 he married Judith M. Knighton at All Saints Chapel in Jacksonville, FL.
After retirement from the US Navy, Ted worked as a shop foreman for Ryder Trucking for several years.
Ted enjoyed antique cars, camping and fishing. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Ted is survived by his loving wife Judy of Pleasant Prairie; his daughters: Debbie (Warren) Combs of Dewitt, IL and Jodie Higgins of Pleasant Prairie; his grandchildren: PFC Brock (his fiancé Stephanie) Higgins, Austin (his fiancé Brooke) Higgins, Saralyn Higgins, Stephen (Michelle) Combs and Michael (Lee Ann) Combs; his great grandchildren: Ashley, Adam, Staci, Stephanie, Kylee, Joshua, Misty and Brian; his great- great grandchildren: Jaxon, Hailei and Sydney; and his sister Violet Droke of Gray, TN. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his siblings Atlas, Leonard, Ernest, J.D., Everett Jr., Helen, Mildred and Mac.
Funeral Services for Ted will be held on Thursday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home (125 Idletime Drive, Greeneville, TN). Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. until the time of service. Graveside Service with Full Military Honors will take place on Friday at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Memorials would be appreciated to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Paralyzed Veterans Association.
Bruch Funeral Home
3503 Roosevelt Road
Kenosha, WI 53142
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