Former Beatrice resident Carl D. Higgins is celebrating his 100th birthday with a reception for friends and family at Eagle Cliff Manor in Billings, Montana on Sunday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Carl was born December 2, 1918 in Steinauer, Nebraska, to John Ambrose and Bertha Velma (Bain) Higgins, the fifth of nine children. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1938.
After graduation Carl farmed and ran a filling station, then in 1942 went to work as a sheet metal worker at the Glenn-Martin Aircraft Modification Plant at Fort Crook near Omaha.
Carl was inducted into the U.S. Army in July of 1944. He underwent basic training at Camp Hood, Texas. PFC Higgins was a tank crewman assigned to the 21st Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division during WWII. He fought from the later stages of the Battle of the Bulge in January 1945 through VE Day and participated in liberation of Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria on May 5, 1945.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Carl moved to Beatrice, Nebraska with his oldest children Larry, Velma and Gayle. Carl worked for Dempster Manufacturing from 1946 until 1953 when we went to work for Platte Pipeline Company. Carl married Marjorie Kollekowski. on September 2, 1950. They had two children together, Connie and Stanley. Carl, Marjorie, Connie and Stanley moved to Greybull, Wyoming in 1967 when he accepted a job with Marathon Pipeline Company. Carl and Marjorie later moved to Worland, Wyoming.
Carl enjoyed his work for Marathon immensely, being able to work all around the Big Horn Basin. On retiring in 1983, Carl and Marjorie made their home in Laurel, Montana.
Carl and Marjorie were married for 59 years when she passed away in 2010. Carl was blessed with 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and dozens of nieces and nephews.
Birthday cards and letters can be mailed to:
Eagle Cliff Manor
1415 Yellowstone River Road
Billings, MT 59105