Clayton Higgins - March 09, 2013Clayton Leroy Higgins, 68, of Giltner, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, at the Giltner United Methodist Church. Pastor Marta Wheeler will officiate. Burial will be in the Giltner Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, 418 N Derby Avenue, Giltner. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Clayton Higgins, son of Gerald and Ethel (Aucock) Higgins, was born in Lincoln on Dec. 5, 1944.
He lived near Raymond as a young child and began his schooling in a country school before moving to Giltner in 1951. Clayton received most of his education in Giltner, except for the last two years of high school. He graduated from Aurora High School in 1962. Clayton attended UNL for 1-1/2 years. He was a member of the Air National Guard in Lincoln and was employed at Farmer’s Co-op for a time before he began farming.
Clayton was married to Myra Erb on March 2, 1968. He began farming near Giltner at that time. He farmed near Giltner for 45 years and in 1996 he and his business partner Mike Hawthorne began producing the MACH II pivot wheel. They manufactured those for 15 years until selling the company in 2009.
Clayton was a member of the Giltner United Methodist Church; was on the board of the local Farmer’s Co-op and enjoyed helping others when the need arose. In semi-retirement, he enjoyed puttering around his shop, watching drag racing and driving his Corvettes. He and Myra did a lot of traveling, going to such places as Brazil, the Copper Canyon in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Machu Picchu in Peru and The Galapagos Islands.
He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Myron and Helen Erb.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Myra of Giltner; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dion and Stacie Higgins, Chloe and Ellie of Nebraska City, Chad and Liz Higgins, Matthew, John and Sarah of Ames, Iowa; one daughter and son-in-law, Darci and Jeff Williamson, Chase and Piper of Omaha. He is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Sandy Higgins of Baldwin City, Kan. and their family; one aunt and uncle, Avis and Glen Brinkman of Beatrice and many cousins and friends.