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Gerald “Jerry” D. Higgins


Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries



Funeral services for Gerald “Jerry” D. Higgins, 69, of East Moline, IL, were at 10 A.M. Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Van Hoe Funeral Ltd., East Moline, IL. Burial took place at Rock Island National Cemetary. Visitation was 4:00-7:00 PM Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the funeral home. Mr. Higgins died Monday, June 1, 2015 in Iowa city, Iowa after a courageous battle with cancer. Memorials can be made to Quad city Animal welfare Center or the American Cancer Society.

Jerry was born September 16, 1945 in Sargent, Minn., the son of Clifford and Esther Thompson Higgins. He was a graduate of Grand Meadow High School in 1963. He served in the US Army. He married Sandra Shepard on March 23, 1968 in Rock Island, Ill.. Jerry was the owner of Davenport Barber Styling College in Davenport, Iowa for 19 years. He was a member of the Blue Lodge in Silvis, Ansar Shriner in Springfield, Ill., the Moline Consistory, was a 33rd Degree Mason and also was a real estate agent for REMAX River Cities and drove seniors fo the Lighthouse in Silvis. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra, East Moline; children: Sherri Higgins, Moline, and Shelli (J.P.) Martgel, San Antonio, Tex.; grandchildren: Alison, Jakob, Nathan, and Olivia; siblings: Katie (Marvin) Pater, Lansing, Minn., Clifford (Becky) Higgins, Garrison, Minn., Ethel Zaulkey, Ostrander, Minn., Richard (Mary), Bettendorf, Iowa, Nancy Durst, Rochester, Minn. and Suzie (Terry) Donavan, Plymouth, Minn., and sister in law, Bernice Higgins of Moline, Ill.. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings: James, Michael, Thomas, Beverly Crivits, Carol Johnson, and Dorothy DeBoer. Online condolences may be left fo rthe family at www.vanhoe.com.

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Posted in Ostrander Features

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