Roger Allen Higginbotham, 59, Toledo, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral Services will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo. Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, from 4-7 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Roger was born on Sept. 28, 1952, in Marshalltown, the son of William Paul and Bernice Ann (Wacha) Higginbotham.
He graduated from South Tama High School.
Roger Allen Higginbotham
Roger and Sue Schafer have been together since July 1, 1970. He delivered newspapers and was employed at Higginbotham Sawmill, Gene's Super Value and then at Tama Meat Pack.
Roger was a member of Motorheads, National Nostalgic Nova and also the Eastern Iowa Chapter of NNN, Marshalltown Street Rods, Drag Racing Association of Women, National Hot Rod Association, Oldsmobile Club of America and Central Iowa Street Machines. He loved car events, swap meets, music concerts and drag racing. Roger enjoyed bowling, martial arts and his puppy dog, "Kalo the Pup Girl". All of the clubs, Petersen Publishing and most of all Roger's friends and loved ones made his life wonderful. "Music, cars and puppy dogs"!
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Sue Schafer, Toledo; one sister, Carol (Emil) Kalinay, Toledo; one brother, Randy (Alicia) Higginbotham, Tama; a niece, Rachel (Mike) King ofAlaska; and his nephews, Curtis (Jenn) Higginbotham,Des Moines, and Shaun (Jenna) Blake,Pekin, Ill.
A memorial fund has been established.