Funeral arrangements have been set for 90 year old Michael James Higgins of Parkville, MO. Visitation 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2023, at the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main in Parkville. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9 Kansas City, MO 64152, Fr. Joseph Cisetti presiding. Military Honors will be presented at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Resurrection North Cemetery in Kansas City, MO, followed by a Committal Service and burial.
Our beloved patriarch, Michael James Higgins of Parkville, MO received his wings on Friday May 5, 2023, when, in the early morning hours God took him into His arms forever. Mike passed in the comfort of his home with multiple family members around him. Born December 29, 1932, in Montrose, NE, Mike was the sixth of nine children born to Joseph and Gertrude Higgins.
Mike was a devoted husband and father of twelve children. He had a quick wit to the very end, a trait appreciated even by his caretakers in recent months. He was always kind, considerate and charitable to all that he met. Mike served in the U.S. Army (1953-1955) and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. After finishing his military service in 1955 he married Ella Marie Thomas in August in Omaha, NE. He attended Creighton University, earning a degree in Accounting in 1959. He was recruited by the US General Accounting Office in Kansas City and worked for the GAO for over 31 years, retiring at the early age of 58 in 1991. Over the next 20+ years he devoted much of his time to volunteering at St. Therese Church and The St. Vincent de Paul Society. He had a passion for helping those in our community who are food and housing insecure and inspired this same compassion and sense of responsibility in his children. He was an excellent cook and griller, but smoking meats was truly his forte. Standing rib roast was a favorite at family functions. The loss of Mike is immeasurable for all who knew and loved him. He set a splendid example for all of us in his love of God, his strength of character and devotion to his family. We can only strive to follow in his footsteps.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Therese Church, Parkville, MO.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Robert Higgins, Lavonne Tighe, Gene Higgins, Patty MacNeil, Roger Higgins, Dan Higgins, and Bob Higgins, and by his infant grandson Jeremey Michael Higgins (1977), son Jon Michael Higgins (1957-1981), daughter Maureen Kay Higgins (1971-2021), and infant great-grandson Rico Elihu Champion II (2022).
Mike leaves behind his beloved wife, his brother Joseph Higgins (Omaha, NE), and 10 children: Patrick J. Higgins (Christina) (Kansas City, MO), Michelle A. Lyon (Parkville, MO), Mark A. Higgins (Jefferson City, MO), Lisa M. Harris (Kansas City, MO), Jennifer L. Brown (Irving) (Cincinnati, OH), Juliane L. Hamilton (Parkville, MO), Michael J. Higgins (Audrey) (Kearney, MO), Maria A. Ezell (David) (Lathrop, MO), Terese R. Jones (Tracy) (Ashburn, VA), Tara J. Higgins (Kansas City, MO); and 59 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren including one on the way.