Ralph Higley

Ralph Eugene "Gene" Higley

Tuesday, August 12th, 1952 - Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
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Ralph Eugene “Gene” Higley,66, of Topeka, KS died Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Atchison Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church with Rev. Bob Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Nortonville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, June 7th, 2019 at the O’Trimble Chapel, 329 Main St, Nortonville, KS. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Words of comfort and remembrance may be left online at

Gene was born on August 12, 1952 in Leavenworth, KS the son of Wiliam J. and Charlotte Imogene (Wright) Higley. He graduated from Jefferson County North High School in 1970. He worked as a sales representative for Foley Equipment Company, formerly Martin Tractor in Topeka for over 33 years, retiring in 2017. He had attended the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church, a member of the Elks Club, and Farm Bureau. Gene enjoyed farming, putting up hay, and traveling.

He was married to Phyllis Loroff on Oct. 5, 1974 and they were later divorced. Survivors include a daughter, Seanna Lynn Higley, Roeland Park, KS, a brother, James “Jim” A. Higley, Nortonville, KS, and a sister, Judy Lehew, Topeka, KS. His parents, and brother, Mike Higley preceded him in death.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 7th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, June 7th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    O'Trimble Funeral Hme
    329 Main
  • Service

    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, June 8th, 2019 10:30am
    Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church
    19861 Osage Rd
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    Rev. Bob Carter
  • Interment

    Nortonville Cemetery
    600 Railroad Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Austin Winter

Posted at 01:46pm
Don’t ever remember not seeing Gene without a smile on his face! He will be missed. Always appreciated the advice and experience he shared!

Posted at 12:19am
I 'll miss you Higgy, was glad to see you at the shop. Have many fond memories of you at the Martin truck shop at night. Always willing to help or just listen in. Few truly know what we do but you always did! And you always knew how to pass on the appreciation from our (Martin) customers. Love you Gene, EJK

Brett Johnson

Posted at 09:55pm
Gene, my friend, you will be missed. Always enjoyed our long drives out to Western Kansas together and multiple DQ stops in day. You were a good friend and were great with our customers. RIP

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