Richard Higginbotham, 91, of Viroqua/Soldiers Grove entered his Heavenly home on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Sannes Skogdalen in Soldiers Grove. He was born February 16, 1921 in Barnum, WI the son of Jay and Ida (Brown) Higginbotham. Richard married Edith Wilma Fowell in Piggott, AR on October 16, 1939. Together the couple had 9 children. Richard was a farmer in the Kendall and Richland Center areas. He worked at Mathews Lumber in Muscoda for several years until his retirement at the age of 76. Richard enjoyed coon hunting, fishing, feeding the birds and reminiscing about the old times. He raised many large weed free gardens up to the age of 86.
Richard is survived by his seven children,
Francis (Shane) Higginbotham of Roanoke, IN,
Jeanette (Duane) Woolever of Deerfield,
Donald (Phyliss) Higginbotham of Janesville,
Paul (Debbie) Higginbotham of Janesville,
Richard D. (Kathie) Higginbotham of New Lisbon,
Connie Frutiger of Milton,
Karen Joy (Tim) Frutiger of Stoughton,
sister, Helen Wanless of Oregon, WI,
many other relatives, and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, two children Janice and Cecil, daughter-in-law, Kay Higginbotham Brown, son-in-law Michael Frutiger, grandson, Chad Frutiger, brothers Aubrey(wife Violet), Harold, Edward, Frank(wife Irene), sister Elsie (husband George)Fry, and brother-in-law Lyle Wanless.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Pratt Memorial Chapel in Richland Center. Burial will follow in the Mount Tabor Cemetery. Friends may call at the Pratt Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service of Richland Center is assisting the family with their arrangements.