SOUTHINGTON - Benson L. Higgins, 93, passed peacefully Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Autumn Hills Nursing Home.
He was born May 20, 1919, in East Liverpool, the son of Benson and Nellie Conway Higgins.
He went to school in East Liverpool. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a medical aidman and for a short time after the war in the U.S. Air Force as a medical technician. He returned home and later retired as a foreman from Rockwell International. He had been the baseball coach for the Windham Jets from 1953 to 1961 and enjoyed bowling and loved to shoot pool. He was a member of the AMVETS of Newton Falls.
His loving memory will be carried on by his grandsons, Richard (Haejung) Higgins of Seoul, South Korea, Michael Higgins of Southington, Timothy (Christa) Higgins of Leavittsburg and Jason B. Olson of Florida; great-granddaughters Sasha and Angela Higgins, Raychel Kline and Danielle (Gary) Hray-Yeater; great-grandsons Ian Higgins, Dustin Beery and Landon Kline; and a daughter-in-law, Karen Higgins-Decker.
Benson was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Snider Higgins, whom he married April 10, 1943; a son, Robert Higgins; brothers Charlie, Dallas, Paul, Harry and John; and sisters Irene, Virginia, Nellie, Marie, Leah, Margaret and Wilma.
Family and friends may gather from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with full military honors.
Inurnment will be at a later date in Windham Township Cemetery. The family requests material contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McFarland & Son Funeral Services, 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481, 330-393-9621. View this obituary, send condolences and order flowers at