DENTON, Texas – Former Vandalia Police Chief James R. Higgins died on Tuesday. He was 88 years old and a Veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Higgins served the Vandalia Division of Police for 23 years from 1961 to his retirement in 1984.
He began as an Officer in 1961, was promoted to Corporal in 1966, and served as Chief for five years from 1979 to 1984. He was succeeded by Bruce Sucher.
Higgins full obituary is below:
James Richard Higgins, 88, of Denton, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016. He was born December 6, 1927, to Victor Higgins and Berthe Cruzen. He married Linda Crozier May 21, 1974, in Dayton, OH. He was a Merchant Marine and served with the USMC in WW II and the Korean War. He was a retired Police Chief from Vandalia, OH.
James is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda Higgins, two daughters, Teresa Adams, of OK, and Donna Volz, of TX, two sons, Michael Higgins, of MN, and Thomas Higgins, from OH, one sister, Marilyn Brong, of MI, and brother, Patrick Higgins, of AZ. He had thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society or the Denton Animal Support Foundation.
No services are planned at this time.
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