Rick L. Higgins, veteran and longtime Creswell community member, passed away on April 8, the Creswell Veteran Affairs of Foreign Wars Post announced. 

Higgins served as a United States Army infantryman and radio operator during the Vietnam War, earning three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Commendation Medal for Valor. 

He was active with the Creswell VFW Post, helping the post win national recognition for its community service. Rick was Post commander, District commander, and commander for the VFW Department of Oregon.

Funeral arrangements are being made for the end of this week, and the Post will release information about the services on its Facebook page when available. A formal obituary will be published when made available.