MOUNT VERNON — Michael “Duffy” Higel, 72, of Mount Vernon, passed away early Thursday morning, May 31, 2018, at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was born Nov. 29, 1945, in Orange, California.

Duffy was a former long- time resident of California, as well as the Florida Keys. He enjoyed being a father and grandfather and cherished each moment with them. Duffy was a Pioneer member of the Buddhist Organization, Soka Gakkai International.

He is survived by a daughter, Jesse (Rusty) Alverson; and two grandchildren, DJ Johnson and Caroline Alverson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fernon William Andrew Higel and Helen Underwood Higel.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at


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