Royce Higgins, 73 of Miles City
Royce Lyle Higgins, age 73 of Miles City, passed away Tuesday, July 9th at home with family by his side. Royce was born in Forsyth, MT, to parents Lentina, “Tiny”, and Albert Higgins. He always carried on his parents’ joke that he was found in a garbage can.
Royce graduated from Custer County District High School in 1958 and looked forward to his class reunions. He couldn’t wait to swap stories and laughs with his classmates.
Royce and Judy were married on August 8th, 1959 in Miles City and shared 53 joyful years of life and memories together, including the birth of their two children, Charlene and Bryan Higgins.
Throughout his life, Royce served in the National Guard for eight years and held many jobs to provide for his family. While residing in California for five years, he worked for Autonetics and then later for the City of Orange. In Miles City, he was employed at Herb’s Superette, Reynolds Grocery, Milwaukee Railroad, M&H Gas, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, which at the time was owned by his father-in-law Harold Weimer, and then retired from UPS. Aside from work, he also was a “Jack-of-all-trades” at home fixing anything that needed fixing and creating wooden crafts for his family to paint.
Royce was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and an endeared friend. He especially enjoyed spending time with his great-granddaughter, Grace. There wasn’t a place Royce went that you didn’t have a hard time getting him out of because he ran into someone he knew and had to visit with. He loved spending time with his family playing games and Nintendo, pulling pranks, going on family vacations, snacking, and shopping for shoes. Aside from being known as “Grandpa Garfield”, he later earned the nickname “M.O.M. with P.M.S”, which stood for man on a mission to purchase more shoes. Royce also looked forward to hunting season which all the family enjoyed, making it a family affair cutting up deer meat, packaging it, and making jerky. Royce loved visiting and sharing stories while bowling, golfing, playing pool and bingo with his friends and family. He taught his granddaughter Breanna his tricks to bowling and golfing, which became fond memories. None of his friends knew what to expect with his goofy humor, whether he would show up in his favorite fluorescent orange outfit, his ponytail baseball cap or Goofy hat, or even dressed as Dolly Parton.
Royce has left many cherished memories in the hearts of all his family and friends and will be dearly missed, but we’re sure he is home with the Lord enjoying talking His ear off.
Royce is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Charlene, granddaughter Breanna, and great-granddaughter Grace, all of Miles City; and also his sister Marilyn Sullivan of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, and brother Allen Griggs of Hackensack, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents Lentina and Albert and his son Bryan.
Royce was grateful for Miles City Parkinson’s Support Group and in lieu of flowers, we feel he would like donations to be made to the Parkinson’s Research Center of Spokane, 910 W 5th Ave., Suite 256 Spokane, WA 99204. Phone: (509) 473-2490. Email: email@example.com, or to Grace Bible Church, 3505 Stower St Miles City, MT 59301, 406) 232-5787, where he attended.
Condolences for the family may be left at: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Per Royce’s request there will be a private family service.