Charles Higgins (Veteran)

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Charles G. "Bud" Higgins, 86, of Centertown, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at his home. He was born September 28, 1924, in Centertown, a son of Charles A. and Mabel A. (Handley) Higgins. He attended school in Centertown. Bud served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1945, serving in Japan, China, India and Burma and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. On May 31, 1947, Bud was united in marriage in Kansas City, Kan., to Margaret H. Rupert, who survives at their home. Bud was a union lather and carpenter, working for M.C. Rippeto Plastering Company for many years before becoming part owner of Modern Interiors. He was a member of American Legion Post 531 in Centertown; Carpenters Local 945; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1003 in Jefferson City; Masonic Lodge Jefferson #43 in Jefferson City; and Centertown Baptist Church. Bud raised horses, mules and cattle, enjoyed going on trail rides and watching the St. Louis Cardinals. His greatest pleasures were spending time with his grandchildren and watching them in sporting events. He is also survived by one son, Mark R. Higgins and wife Peggy of Jefferson City; one brother, Dennis Higgins of Jefferson City; two sisters: LaRue Roll of Centertown, Shirley Bolten of Jefferson City; two grandsons, Chase Higgins and wife Leann of Jefferson City and Cody Higgins and wife Bailey of Blue Springs; and one great-granddaughter, Hadley Higgins. He was preceded in death by one son, David C. Higgins in May 1999, and three brothers, Bill, Don and Frank. Friends will be received from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2011, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Centertown Baptist Church, with Rev. David Phelps officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Centertown Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Centertown Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main, (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

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