Anthony Eugene "Gene" Higdon

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March 18, 1931 ~ January 8, 2023

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Anthony Eugene “Gene” Higdon of Owensboro, Kentucky, who passed away on January 8, 2023, at the age of 91. He was born March 18, 1931, in Owensboro to the late Bernard Higdon and Mary Strehl Higdon.

At 10 years old, Gene started work at 4:00 am to shovel coal into the furnace for the Sisters residence at the Catholic School near him. Gene also worked cutting and delivering big blocks of ice. Airman First Class Higdon served in the Air Force during the Korean War in aircraft maintenance. After Gene left the Air Force, he worked in maintenance at the Owensboro Brick and Tile Company. He worked in sales at Kentucky Bearings where he was a problem solver for many local manufacturers, particularly, Owensboro Grain and Owensboro Sand and Gravel. In his last job, he was a founding member of Motion Industries, Owensboro. Gene was an active parent in Boy Scout Troop 120, post retirement. Gene enjoyed golf and great camaraderie with his many friends at the Hillcrest Golf Association where he scored his only hole-in-one at the age of 82. He was a member of St. Pius X and of St. Stephen’s Catholic Parishes and served as an usher. Gene was a Ramrod of many BINGO nights. He volunteered at the Pitino Shelter/kitchen for several years and was a member of an Owensboro Wood Carving group.  Gene enjoyed oil painting and he was an avid gardener; vegetable gardens at first then roses and flower gardens. He was a man of do-it-yourself talents including auto mechanics, plumbing, electrical wiring, framing, masonry, roofing, and woodworking. Gene was a very good man, a role model and a loyal servant of God. He will be missed by all who knew him and especially by his family.

Along with his parents Gene is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice Stallings Higdon; his sisters, Louise Roehm, Catherine Cherry, and Sister Mary Sheila (Dorothy) Higdon; and his brothers, Raymond, Gerald, Jim, John W. “Duke,” Tommy, Marvin, and Hugh.

He is survived by his children, Mary Jean Higdon (David) Whitledge of Evansville, Indiana, Lisa Anne Higdon (Lou) Menetrey of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Daniel Eugene (Patricia) Higdon of Palm City, Florida; his grandchildren, Adam Whitledge, Corinne Higdon, Paul Higdon, Louis Menetrey, and Melissa Menetrey; great-grandchildren; and a great great-grandchild.

A funeral Mass will be 12:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2023, at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory and again on Friday, January 13, 2023 from 11:00 am until the time of Mass at the church.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Higdon. Leave your messages of condolence for the family of Anthony Eugene “Gene” Higdon and sign his virtual guestbook at



Visitation: January 12, 2023 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Visitation: January 13, 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

St. Pius Tenth
3418 U.S. Highway 60 E
Owensboro, KY 42303

Funeral Mass: January 13, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

St. Pius Tenth
3418 U.S. Highway 60 E
Owensboro, KY 42303

Interment: January 13, 2023 1:30 pm

Resurrection Cemetery
5404 Leitchfield Road
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Mary Jean, Danny, and Lisa and families…You have our deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed Uncle Gene…a true Gentlemen and role model!
    Ed & Sarah Zoglman

  2. To the family Of Gene Higdon:
    I was saddened to see about the passing of
    Gene and express condolence and sympathies
    to all Gene’s family. I know Gene from my years
    in Purchasing with NSA, Commonwealth Aluminum
    and Aleris Rolled Products and knew him to be a
    dedicated business individual, and a person dedicated
    to family and Community. He certainly will be missed
    by all that knew him. All are in my thoughts and prayer’s.

  3. Linda Logsdon

    Worked with Gene at Ky Bearing Service, always enjoyed his expertise and good humor. I know he will be missed by Everyone, especially Family. His Parrish Family at St. Pius too. Rest in Peace Gene!

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We send you our heartfelt sympathy and wish you peace and comfort. With Deepest Sympathy, Motion Industries Owensboro Family

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