BANGOR – Kenneth R. Higgins, 82, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor. He was born Aug. 22, 1921, in Bangor, the son of George S. and Hazel (Goodrich) Higgins. He attended Bangor schools and graduated from Hermon High School. He served in the United States Army Ranger Unit during World War II and was a member of the Red Arrow Division. Ken fought in the Pacific Theater and participated in the battles of the South Philippines and New Guinea. He was awarded numerous citations, including the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon and Philippine Liberation ribbon with bronze star. Ken was employed by the State of Maine for 27 years, retiring as manager of the Brewer State Liquor Store in 1982. A talented woodworker, Ken built a home for his family on Ohio Street in Bangor and later, a cottage at Ray’s Point in Milbridge. He enjoyed stamp and coin collecting and was an avid golf enthusiast. Ken also admired fine automobiles and was proud to own several classic cars over the years. Outgoing and friendly, he was widely recognized as a fair and honest man whose word was his bond. Ken also possessed a keen sense of humor that he would readily share with friends and family. A devoted husband of 45 years, Ken is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, A. Jay Higgins and his wife, Diane, both of Manchester and Randy Stone, of Bangor; grandchildren, Holly Higgins Shields and her husband, Mark, of Bar Harbor; Amanda Jaye Higgins, of Chicago, Ill.; Karen Stone of Hudson, and Adam Stone, of Bangor; two stepgrandchildren, Eric Heath, of Naples, and Jeffrey J. Heath Jr., of Seattle, Wash.; and several great-grandchildren. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004,a t Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where a funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, April 16, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, pastor and teacher of All Souls Congregational Church, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor.