Warren Higley

Warren Russell Higley

Wednesday, November 23rd, 1921 - Sunday, December 29th, 2019
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Warren Russell Higley, 98, Cummings, KS, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019 at the Atchison Senior Village.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Friday January 3, 2020, at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Cormode officiating. Burial will follow at Pardee Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday, January 2, 2020 at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Atchison Senior Village and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Words of comfort for the family may be left at

Warren was born November 23, 1921, in Cumming, KS, the fourth child of Perry Harlow and Grace Auburn (Leland) Higley. Warren graduated from Atchison High School in May of 1940 and then attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence with interest in etymology and geology. Warren was a United States Army veteran of WW II. Shortly after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he went to Kansas City to work in the Bomber plant in the spring of 1942. He was drafted in the spring of 1944, took basic training at Fort Leavenworth and was sent on to El Paso, TX where he trained for about five months then awaited orders to ship out. He was in the 385th ordnance maintenance company AA (anti-aircraft) and served from June 30th 1944 to January 31, 1946 as an artillery mechanic. He was deployed to Okinawa where he received the bronze star and Asian Pacific Ribbon. He returned home to farm until he retired at the age of sixty-five. He participated in the Kansas Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on 10/4/2011. Warren was a member of the First Christian Church in Atchison and had previously attended the Cummings Christian Church for many years where he served as Deacon. Warren was a board member of the Atchison country COOP from 1975 to 1981. His hobbies included photography, bird watching, and lapidary. He loved nature and loved to travel.

Warren married Flora Helen Knowles on October 17, 1942 in Kansas City, Kansas, by Rev. Harold F. Humbert of the Central Christian Church. She preceded him in death on January 12, 2014. Survivors include a son, Alan and Cathy Higley, Cummings, KS, a daughter, Bonnie and Kent Rosdahl, Topeka, KS, five grandchildren, Candice (Ed) Jenkins, Tara (Charles) Wilburn, Travis (Kelsey) Higley, Luke (Angel) Rosdahl, Adam (Melissa) Rosdahl and fifteen great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter Lola Velma, a brother Charles Higley, two sisters, Lola Dexter and Vera Adcock.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home
    800 Kansas Ave
    Atchison, KS 66002
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  • Service

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 2:00pm
    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home
    800 Kansas Ave
    Atchison, KS 66002
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    Rev. Jim Cormode
  • Interment

    Pardee Cemetery
    SE of Farmington/ NW Cummings
    Pardee, KS
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nathan dexter

Posted at 12:08pm
Some of my fondest early memories are of summer Bible

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of summer Bible School spent with my grandparents and first cousins on the Higley farm in Cummings. Uncle Warren was always a big part of that, since he and Uncle Charles lived nearby and worked the farm with Grandpa Higley. He always teased us, like only a good uncle can, and scared us and made us laugh. I was in awe of the fact that he had built a motor scooter from scratch, and let us ride it up and down the long drive to the farmstead. To get back at him for teasing us, we put a potato in the exhaust pipe of his brand new 1954 Oldsmobile (yellow and white, if memory serves.) When he asked what we were up to, we finally told him, and he said "I don't have a potato in my exhaust pipe!" Somehow I have never forgotten that. Now I and my cousins are the old folks. He will be missed. Nate Dexter
Condolences and fond memories from Nadine and me.

Mary Carbone, Marla Row, Charlea Cormode and Marle

Posted at 07:17pm
In loving memory of our uncle and brother in law.
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Mary Carbone, Marla Row, Charlea Cormode and Marle purchased the Peaceful White Lilies Basket and planted a memorial tree for the family of Warren Higley.


maryann higley

Posted at 06:48pm
So sorry for your loss. Wayne and Maryann Higley

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Posted at 03:03pm
Peace, Prayers and Blessings,
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Mimi Slatten-Booth

Posted at 09:55pm
Thank you for allowing me the privilege of taking care of Warren. He was an amazing man who gave the best hugs, shared his chocolate candy, and loved to talk about his outings with his kids who I adore as well. I won't be able to attend the service because I am across the country but I am sending all my love & condolences your way. I will miss you Warren ever so much.

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