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Updated: 12/02/2017 08:30:00AM

Member of Venice pioneer family dies

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RONALD WESLEY HIGEL

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Ron Higel poling a pleasure punt (boat) in England, where he and his wife Sue spent half the year.

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Ron Higel posed for this 1975 painting of his great grandfather Frank Higel, a Venice pioneer, with his schooner “Nemo.” The painting was used for the 1976 Venice-North Port telephone directory.

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Ron Higel in his senior year 1954 at the former Venice-Nokomis School shows his famous grin as girls pretend to fawn over him.

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Ron Higel at the microscope as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland. He would go on to become an accomplished dentist in Venice.

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Ron Higel with daughter Kim, wife Sue and daughter Meredith.

By GREG GILES

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Ronald Wesley Higel, a retired dentist and local historian whose great-grandfather was one of the first settlers in Venice, passed away on Nov. 5 at the age of 80.

He suffered a stroke on the eve of his return to the United Stated from England, where he summered with his wife Sue, from Cambridge.

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