Captain John A Higgins

September 11th, 1951 to February 12th, 2024

Captain John Arnold Higgins, 72, of Harrison Township, died Monday, February 12, 2024.

John was born September 11, 1951 in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, the second of four sons of the late William R. and Mabel Higgins. William was a U.S. Coast Guard Chief so the young family moved often, and a love of the water and ships was instilled in John at a young age. Fond childhood memories included nights spent on the Huron Lightship and adventures in Alaska. He married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie L. Haken on September 11, 1971 in Westhaven Baptist Church, Port Huron. She preceded him in death on June 2, 2015 after 43 years of marriage.

John was employed as a security guard and fire marshal for Chrysler Corporation for 30 years and was involved downtown at International. He was also a tug boat captain for Malcom Marine and Michigan Marine Salvage as well as a captain on the Huron Lady II tour boat. John was an avid outdoorsman that loved hunting and fishing for walleye and perch on his boat, The Believer. He enjoyed attending the Woods-N-Water Outdoor Weekend yearly, which always fell conveniently around his birthday. He was a “farm boy trapped in the city” that liked NTPA tractor pulls and county fairs (and all the good food that went along with them).

He is survived by two sons, William “John” (Michelle) Higgins and Mark Higgins; grandson, Nolan Higgins; and two brothers, Pat (Jeannie) and Terry (Judy) Higgins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Higgins.

Visitation will be 2-4 & 5-8 p.m. Friday in Marysville Funeral Home, 1200 Michigan Avenue, Marysville.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024 in Marysville Funeral Home. Family and friends unable to attend may view the service livestream on the funeral home website.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Huron Museums to be used at their Huron Lightship and Fort Gratiot Lighthouse sites.

Arrangements are by Marysville Funeral Home. To send condolences, visit


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