Warren Edmund Higgins, 89, of Moses Lake passed away on Monday, March 11, 2013.

Warren was born June 16, 1923 in Omaha, Neb. to Roy and Maud Thornburg. Maud died in childbirth and he was later adopted by Earl and Minnie Mae Higgins. He was raised on a farm in Auburn, Neb. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1941.

Warren was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 and saw action in France, Holland, Germany and Belgium. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge during the winter of 1944 to 1945 and received the Purple Heart.

Following WWII, he worked as a longshoreman in Vancouver, an overhead crane operator for Weyerhauser in Springfield, Ore., and went to work for Herrett Trucking out of Sunnyside in 1954.

He enjoyed a long career as a trucker, driving for Herrett, Patton, Easley, Western Tank, Arrow and hauling fuel for the Whitney brothers in Moses Lake.

Warren enjoyed meeting with old friends at the Herrett Trucking reunions, and he made lifelong friends wherever he lived. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, traveling with his wife and friends in their RV's and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary of Moses Lake; two daughters, Jane Kealy of Mukilteo and Susan (Paul) Stamschror of Sunnyside; one son, Daniel (Robin) Higgins of Hugo, Okla.; his grandchildren, Sean (Bethany) Stamschror of Seaside, Ore., Elisabeth (Jason) Fonfara of Yakima, Sarah (Aaron) Fink of Kirkland, Casey (Brynn) Stamschror of Zillah, Shannon (Jared) Castaneda of Derby, Kansas, Kyle Ellison and Mary Jane (Eric) Booth of Hugo, Okla.; 18 great-grandchildren; special stepchildren; and stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five siblings; his wife and mother of his three children, Jean Hile Higgins; and his second wife Ann.

Celebration of Warren's life is planned for this summer.

Family and friends are invited to share memories and sign the on-line guestbook at

Warren's family has asked Carver Family Funeral Home to care for final arrangements.


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