Horace Samuel Higgins

Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors

Horace Samuel Higgins

Horace Samuel Higgins "Sam" passed into the Hands of Our Lord, June 15th 2021 at the age of 95 years. A member of the Greatest Generation, he was also the last of his family's generation and the true Patriarch of the next one. Born August 27, 1925 to Clarence Albert and Agnes Elizabeth {Groff} Higgins of Hays Kansas. Father Clarence passed when Sam was three years old. While growing up during the great depression and dust bowl days of Kansas, Sam was mentored by his uncle Fred Higgins of Logan, Kansas. Sam attended Hays High School where he lettered in basketball and graduated in 1943. He went on to join and serve during WWII in the Army Air Corps. Sam was then married to Mary Jane Johnson {daughter of Bertha (Brown) and Sophus Johnson} at her family farm in Ellis County Kansas June 21, 1947. Together they started a family while Sam worked and went to college at Fort Hays State where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and then went on to earn a Master of Science Degree. Shortly thereafter Sam accepted a position in the Analytical Department of the Dow Chemical Co. In 1951 the young family moved to Midland. By 1955 they settled into a new built home in what was then a new sub division called Airfield Lane. This was about the same time the new elementary and high school were being built. By 1961 the family had grown to include nine children, five boys and four girls.

Sam was an avid Midland Chemic football fan, having three sons that played for MHS. In younger days Sam also enjoyed bowling and square dancing with Mary, softball, and taking the family on yearly trips back to Kansas to visit relatives and up to Higgins Lake several times every summer. The football tradition went on as a family event, and when Sam couldn't make the games in person; you could find him sitting near the radio listening to the play by play or watching the replay on MCTV. Sam retired from Dow Chemical in 1982 and enjoyed a lengthy retirement. He also enjoyed many of the neighbors that got together year after year for picnics at one of the nearby Airfield Lane homes.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents; his dearly beloved wife Mary Jane of 61 years, son Samuel Wayne of Midland, son Richard Charles of Midland; daughter Susan Ann and {Gerald} White of Cypress Texas, also by his sisters, Betty Belle {Edward-"Beck"} Beckmeyer of Florida; Arbutus Elaine {TJ} Skelley of Colorado, and all of his brother and sister in-laws; Robert {Florence} Johnson-Ellis Kansas, Charles {Betty} Johnson-Wauneta Nebraska, Alice {Johnson} Fleming –Hays Kansas, John {Margorie} Johnson- Hays Kansas, Reiny and Margaret {Johnson} Boschowitzki-Ellis Kansas.

Sam is survived by his son Roger William of Ypsilanti MI, son Paul Emerson {Cathy} of Midland, daughter Barbara Jean of Westlake OH. daughter Margaret Christine of Palacios Texas, son Douglas George {JoAnn} of Onsted MI, daughter Mary Beth {Thom} Spencer of Grosse Pointe Woods MI. Sam is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Many, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Those considering an expression of condolence, please feel free to choose your favorite charity in remembrance. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Directors.

Published on June 18, 2021