Allen Woodruff Higgins, 94 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away April 3, 2018. Born May 20, 1923 in Bemidji, MN to Lawrence Hollester Higgins and Mildred Florence Woodruff. The family moved to Edmonton, Ontario, Canada from 1923-1936. After his father’s death the family moved back to Bemidji where Allen graduated from high school, Bemidji State Teachers College, and later from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s Degree in Education in 1949.
During WWII, he served in the Army Military Intelligence Division in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
He married Jean Carol Henrionett December 26, 1949 (d. June 22, 2006). They have two children, Linda Kay (Ricard Sarff), and Jeffrey Allen Higgins. Allen taught at Eau Claire, Wisconsin High School and then at Ada, Ohio University for 12years. He taught English and Literature at the Hibbing Community College for 29 years in Hibbing, Minnesota. He was the advisor to the College Cardinal Newspaper and the Collegian yearbook; both of which received National and State Commendations. He was an avid photographer and was the first professor to introduce the use of computers to his students. In 1968, he wrote a book on the history of Hibbing for the Diamond Jubilee Days.
He enjoyed woodworking, his many gardens, and travel. The family Square Danced and in the summers, would travel to the National Square Dance Conventions. After retirement, Allen and Jean traveled in their motorhome and settled in Mesa, Arizona where they participated in many activities. Allen enjoyed hiking in the desert, shuffleboard, and bridge. Allen was the Post Commander of VFW Jack Schroeder Post 12006 and lifetime member of VFW.
He will be greatly missed by his companion of 12 years O. Irene Rogers Smith. They enjoyed the fun and adventures of many cruises and the fun of dancing and the theater.
He is survived by one brother, Robert (Riksene) Higgins of Duluth, Minnesota; grandchildren Chad Higgins(Lauren), David (Jackie) Sarff, Elizabeth Sarff, and Laura (Joshua) Kerkvliet; four grandchildren Emily, Aubrey, and Nathan Sarff, and Cody Kerkvliet; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Higgins; and his brother and sisters Eileen (Robert Newman), Marjorie Higgins, Lawrence Hillister (Barbara Ferrel), David (Shirley Hall), and John Leanard “Jackie”.
Burial will be at a later date at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, Minnesota.