Billie Ralph Higdon left this world for his “other home” on December 21, 2020, dying of natural causes. Bill was a long-time resident of Salem, Oregon where he, before retirement, owned several businesses, including Rainbow Spas and Manufactured Housing Professionals. He was a member of the Elks Club and belonged to Silverton Friends Church for many years. Most recently, he made Capital Baptist Church, in Salem, his church home. Bill is survived by his wife, Gloria Higdon, his son, Mark Higdon, and daughter, Carrie Trimble (husband Tony), his step-sons Dana Sallee (wife, Nani) and Randy Sallee (wife, Mary). His grandchildren are Nekesa , Elliott, Gabriele, Miranda, Maikalani , Shawn, Katelyn, Kimberly, Karissa, and Justin. He had 4 great-grandchildren and one on the way. Bill also leaves behind his sister, Sally Beall and Brother, Vance Higdon (wife, Pat). He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Buren, Eulen (Hig)and Willard and his sister, Betty Pittman. Bill was born on January 19, 1936 in the Ring community outside of Clarendon, Texas to William and Gertrude Higdon. His schooling began in a two-room schoolhouse in Goldston community, Texas, then went on to attend Groom elementary. After moving to Portland, Oregon, he attended Portland schools before returning to Texas to graduate from Pampa High School.
He and Margaret Davis married on June 15, 1957, divorcing many years later.
He was appreciated as a hard-working employee from as early as high school days. He was a member of the Army National Guard, then served as an air traffic controller in the US Air Force from 1954 to 1963. He was a skilled business man who started 4 successful businesses during his life. Bill loved to cook and he loved to sing. Singing karaoke was a favorite pastime. He won awards in competitive cooking and loved to cook for large groups.
Bill loved the Lord Jesus; he loved his wife and family. He also loved his little dog, Popeye. A service for family and friends will be on January 9, 2021. Bill will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery in Happy Valley, Oregon.
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Bill will be missed, he enjoyed the Men's coffee group at Salem Green mobile home park. He was one that would give a hand to everybody that needed help.. He will be missed seeing riding his scooter and in Bible study.