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Higgins, Bobby Leo

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September 2, 1933 - January 13, 2017

Higgins, Bobby Leo

Bob’s mother always said that he was born at her mother’s farm home, in the middle of a cornfield on a sunny Saturday morning, outside the town limits of Heavener, Oklahoma. Sunshine was a lifelong variable that was important for Bob.  He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter for over seventy years. He loved to bird hunt and trained his dogs to be the best possible.

He was born in the early years of the depression. His parents, Winona Baker Higgins and Virgil Higgins were examples for him that applying himself, pursuing a professional education in engineering, working mindfully and intelligently, with attention to diligence, determination, and consistence would lead to success. He served in the Army during the Korean War as part of the Signal Corp. When he was discharged he returned to college, married Glenda Mays, and had three children. He pursued his engineering career in many big corporations in and around Dallas—TemCo, Chance Vought Aircraft, Texas Instruments, E-Systems,  ResaLab, CAMSCO. In his later career he and several friends started other engineering companies—ALEPH, GAMATA–which would develop products for other high tech industries.  His final company, TECHNICUT, was started with his son Mark to design laser and water jet cutter technologies for industries with custom cutting needs. He was the holder of twenty-two patents for engineering developments. He enjoyed creative problem solving and thought of himself as an inventor, teacher, and process modifier.

After retirement a fractured hip and multiple other health issues slowed his pace and finally ended his journey due to heart and renal failure. He relinquished his brave, courageous effort to live on Friday, January 13, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Winona and Virgil Higgins; parents-in-law, Thomas and Sally Mays; and son Robert Brian Higgins.  Surviving him are his wife of 61 years, Glenda Mays Higgins; daughter, Laurie Higgins-Putz and husband Steven Putz; son, Stephen Mark Higgins and wife, Tamara Higgins; grand-daughters, Sarah E. Welsh and husband Erick Welsh; and Jennifer L. McLinko and her husband, J. C. McLinko; great grand-children, Charlie, Ethan, and Emily Welch; and Kael and Sean McLinko. He had no siblings.

He was a multi-dimensional person—teller of funny stories, creative, artistic, intelligent developer of many engineering feats, a very sweet and loving person who worked to keep his family intact and friends close. He will be very much missed.

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Ed Gowett

March 29, 2017 1:57PM

Bob was always a person larger than life to me. I had the good fortune of knowing Bob for over 20 years. Although our friendship started out as a professional relationship, Bob's endearing personality soon melted the formality away.

Bob was always dispensing nuggets of wisdom and had a keen and honest perspective of life. Sometimes he even got me to slow down and look at things differently. I remember one time we talked about my background and formal education and he told me "I've been educated beyond my intelligence!!" I have to agree and Bob taught me that not all knowledge is from a textbook.

In some ways Bob was a father figure to me and I know he felt the same. Bob will be missed deeply and my condolences to Glenda and family.

Jack Brumbelow

March 20, 2017 8:48PM

Bob wa all of the above and more. He was my friend, mento, partner,coconspirator and the smartest guy I have ever known.

Bob and I spent thousands of hours together, oorjing, hunting, deep conversation and just fooling around. Many of these were the very best times of my life; we took our sons fishing, we took our friends hunting, we had the best of times. We also had some of the worst times, the death of my daughter, Mandy, and his son Bryan.

But like the greastest of friends; we were always there for each other. It may have been searching for lost dogs, loaning gear, sharing hunting leases, you name; I had the greatest friend ever.

BOb was as handsome as The Marlboro Man, as smart as Issac Newton, a sketcher of the first order of magnitude and fun under any circumstances.

Rest well BOB, enjoy Bruan, Pap, Mom and all those long gone, well trained and experienced bird dogs


Jean and Tom Dodson

January 22, 2017 7:22PM

Dear Glenda,

We were so saddened to hear of Bobby's passing. We remember fondly visiting with him many times at our Grand Prairie High School Class of 1951 luncheons - so much fun. Tom especially enjoyed talking antique cars with him. It was obvious that he treasured fellowship with his High School Classmates. You are in our prayers as you make this adjustment to days ahead without Bobby...the Grace of our Lord will lift you up and sustain you.