John M. Higgins, 43, of Conway, Pa., formerly of Elkins and Vienna, Va., passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Aug. 22, 1969, in Elkins, a son of the late Linda Higgins.
He is survived by one sister, Marta Simmons and her companion, Mark Torge, Mt. Carmel, Tenn.; one brother, Jeffrey Higgins, Clarksburg; maternal grandmother, Emma Zickefoose, Conway; three aunts and three uncles, Libby Gabauer and her husband, Howard, Chippewa Township, Pa., Marsha Panek and her husband, John, Economy Boro, Pa., Diana Zickefoose, Chippewa Township, Edward Zickefoose, Vanport, Pa., Burlen Zickefoose and his wife, Holly, and Tim Zickefoose and his daughter, Emma Grace, all of Conway; two great aunts, Margaret Putzulu, Elkins, and Georgia Menis, Beverly; great uncle, Richard White, Elkins; a nephew, Brandon Torge, Mt, Carmel; and friends, Karen Leech, South Beaver Township, Pa., and Bill Price, Clarksburg.
He was preceded in death by an aunt, Lisa Zickefoose; and his grandfather, Burlen Zickefoose Sr.
He was an employee with Haemonetics, Leetsdale, Pa., was a Protestant by faith and was a peacetime U.S. Army veteran.
Friends were received Sept. 17 at William Murphy Funeral Home in Rochester, Pa., where a celebration of John's life was held, and officiated by Pastor Bill Blume of the Faith to Faith Ministries, Rochester. Interment followed in Oceanwood Cemetery, Myrtle Beach, S.C.