He was born Aug. 20, 1923, in Kouts, the son of Forrest and Marion (Horman) Higgins.
He graduated from Purdue in 1949 with a degree in agriculture & was an Extension Agent in Elkhart County for Purdue University from 1949-1951. He began working for Sherwood Templeton Coal Feb. 1, 1951where he developed the Ag Program for Reclamation. He went to Peabody during their merger, and retired in 1978 as director of land use and reclamation. He remained working during this time for The Templeton Coal Co. and retired as Vice President of Mining & Land in 1995. Tom's other occupations included being the President and manager of Singer Farms, Inc., owner of Hoosier Land & Cattle Co., Inc., owning and operating Higgins Reality, Inc., as well as owner and president of Neptune Foods, Inc. until selling the business in 2003. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Parker.
He was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church of Hymera, the Shriners & Linton Elks Lodge #866, over a 50-year member of Hymera Masonic Lodge, a former member of Hymera Eastern Star, was President of Long Range Planning Committee of Economic Development of Sullivan County, served on the Board of Directors through 2005 of Sherwood-Templeton and Templeton Coal, was secretary of the White River Valley Feeder Cattle Association and was awarded the Distinguished Ag Service from Purdue in 1982.
Survivors include a son, Thomas W. Higgins, Jr. of Bloomfield; a brother, Richard B. Higgins of Warsaw; a sister, Betty Jane Rauth of Sebastian, FL, several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his wife, Helen Virginia (Compton) Higgins, March 10, 2006; and his parents.
Funeral services will be conducted at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton, at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2009.
Burial will follow at K of P Cemetery in Hymera. The American Legion & VFW will conduct military graveside rites.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.
The family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to Greene County Developmental Services, P.O. Box 141; Lyons, IN 47443 or through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.welchcornett.com.