Langdon Grant ‘Butch’ Higgins
December 8, 2005
“Butch” Higgins died peacefully Monday, Dec. 5, at Heritage Park Care Center with Roaring Fork Hospice in attendance, and his wife and daughters at his bedside. He was 84 years old.Butch was born on March 20, 1921, in Long Branch, N.J. He graduated from Palm Beach (Fla.) High School and enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving as a pilot stationed in New Guinea in World War II. After receiving various service medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, he returned to West Palm Beach, becoming associated with Thomson and McKinnon Investment Brokers.In 1950, Butch and Jean Feek married in Palm Beach, Fla. In 1966, they moved to Lakeland, Fla., and after a Christmas vacation in Glenwood Springs, the family decided to move there in 1975.In Glenwood Springs, Butch became associated with brokerage firms and various enterprises, including General Business Service. He was founder and president of Business World Brokers Inc. With his daughter Julie, he started Julie’s Print Works in 1982, which evolved into a family-operated business. He was a member for many years of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and various organizations, including the Glenwood Rotary Club. He loved skiing, playing golf and tennis, and his family.Survivors include his wife, Jean; daughters Susan (Mark) Straus of Glenwood Springs and Julie (Dale) Nesbit of Rifle; sons Robert Higgins of Grand Junction and Bill (Dottie) of Palm Beach; granddaughters Jamie Straus and Kari Nesbit; grandsons Scott Straus, Zachary, Nicholas and Ryan Higgins; niece Sherry (John) Fleming; nephews Rick (Jeannette) Higgins, of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Rand (Debbie) Higgins of Juno Beach, Fla. His parents, Charles and Jeannette (Stout) Higgins, and his brothers Richard and Hamilton Higgins, all of West Palm Beach, preceded him in death.A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Drive in Glenwood Springs, with the Rev. William Waltz officiating. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Palm Beach. Cremation has already taken place.In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Roaring Fork Hospice or the charity of one’s choice.