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Michael Lavern Higdon, 75, of Lebanon, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in his home.

He was born Jan. 28, 1947, in Boulder, Colo.

On Sept. 9, 1973, he was united in marriage to Billie Kay Fletcher, and to this union one daughter and one son were born.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Cora Mason; his wife Billie on Aug. 5, 2009; and two brothers, Bob Higdon and Richard Glenn.

Michael was raised in Lincoln, Calif., and joined the military as a young man and reenlisted for another term. He served his country faithfully from 1968 until 1973 in the United States Army during which time he earned the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars for Vaor. He spent several years as a professional chef in New York City, and for he and his wife’s own diner, the Whistle Stop Diner in the Northern Foothills of California. He retired as a Supervisor of Roofing from the Sacramento, Califf. public school system. After retirement, he and his wife Billie moved to Colorado, and then Lebanon, Mo. Approximately 20. years ago. He had worked as a roofer and had also taught in the Sacramento, Calif. school system. He enjoyed teaching and particularly teaching outdoor skills to his family. He enjoyed teaching outdoor skills to his family and anyone willing to learn. He had also served as a Scoutmaster for many years.

He is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Renova of the state of Colorado; a son, Patrick Higdon and his wife Donna of Leesburg, Va.; five grandchildren, Mikaela, Angelica, Kevin, Alanna and Dexter; sixteen grand nieces and nephews; 26 great-great- nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends..

Graveside services and burial for Michael Lavern Higdon were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in Mount Rose Memorial Park in Lebanon, under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon. For more information or to visit the website go to