1921 – 2012
Alonzo Franklin Higgins was born in Abarr, ColoradoMay 3rd, 1921. He was number six out of eleven children born to Carl and Martha Mae Higgins. He passed away on January 27th, 2012 at the age of 90 years at Yuma Life Care.
He lived his early childhood years in the Abarr area, attending the Abarr school thru the 8th grade. He worked on the family farm and for neighbors during his teenage years. He then moved toDenver and was employed by the Mangus Metal Company as a ladleman. His primary job was to move molten metal in a ladle in a bearing manufacturing plant.
Alonzo was drafted into the United States Army on June 5, 1942. As a Sargent Squad Leader in the 323rd Infantry Division serving in the Phillipines and Western Pacific, he was leader of a 60 millimeter mortor squad and supervised the tactical deployment and operation of guns. after fighting in two major campaigns over two years, 1 month and nine days, he was discharged on December 30th, 1945. During his service he earned the American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Phillippine Liberation Ribbon/1 Bronze Service Star, World War 11 Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Returning toYuma, he learned the mechanic trade thru the GI Bill and went to work for the Hansen Garage which was located in the currentNAPAstore.
OnJune 21, 1947, Alonzo married Lotus Willow Mensendick Mumm. Lotus or Billie as she was called was a widow and had four small children. Nadine-age 12, Shirley-age 10, Darrel-age 7 and Kay-age 5. Then in July, 1951, Ronnie Dean was born and in May, 1955 came Elvin (Shorty)Lynn.
Alonzo, Billie and family farmed and raised cattle on their farm east of Abarr. A turkey production operation was added in the mid 1950’s. They raised 10,000 turkeys a year and sold them to the GM Gisi Company ofYuma. To this day, Alonzo would not eat one bite of turkey.
In 1960, Alonzo and Billie moved their family intoYumaand Alonzo went to work for Tom’s Builders, building houses and doing construction. Upon the retirement of Tom Lasater, he then went to work for Herbs Builders (Herb Damm). Alonzo still kept busy after he retired helping his brother n law, Elvin Lasater with construction work. He also was the local lawnmower repairman as well as fixing many a bicycle for area kids. He resided in the house he built in 1960 until moving toYumaLifeCareCenterin January, 2010 due to failing health.
Alonzo was preceded in death by his wife Lotus (Billie); son in law, Leonard Knudsen; daughter, Shirley Nelson; son, Darrell Mumm; daughter and son in law, Kay and Virgil Lorance; grandsons, Randy and Bradley Lorance, brothers, Donald, Merle, Roy, Robert and Austin and sisters Rosie V and Goldine.
Alonzo is survived by sons, Ron (Deb) Higgins, Elvin (Shorty) Higgins; daughter, Nadine Knudsen; sisters, Florence Pletcher, Norma Jackson and Thelma (Bob) Bueltell, daughter in law, Pat Mumm and son in law, Don Nelson; seventeen grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren, twenty great great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and special friends Harold and Katsy Chappel.
Pallbearers were: Grandsons-David Knudsen, Floyd Knudsen, Ronald Nelson, Larry Knudsen, Christopher Higgins, Jonathan Higgins and Mike Harman and nephew Jim Pletcher.
Honory Pallbearers were: Don Nelson, Gary Brandner, Bob Bueltell, Leon Marr, Dennis Mumm, Dick Stallings and Clayton Muirheid.