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Obituary for Anthony James Highman, ‘Buddy’

April 7, 1992 – April 26, 2023

Anthony James Highman, “Buddy,” age 31, passed away unexpectedly, surrounded with the love of his family, in Racine on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.

Anthony James Highman, "Buddy"
Anthony James Highman, “Buddy”

Anthony was born in Kenosha, Wis. on April 7, 1992, to Craig L. and Marcia L. (nee: Benner) Highman. He attended JI Case High School and was employed as a CNC machinist.

Buddy was a proud member of First Baptist Church in Racine. Among his interests, Buddy enjoyed spending time with his sons, working on cars and motorcycles, hunting, fishing, traveling, playing guitar, maintaining an impeccable yard, and gardening. In his younger years, Buddy enjoyed skateboarding, BMX bikes, bowling, taking care of pets, and helping Bumpa fix and remodel houses. Buddy was a kind, loving and generous man. At the time of his death, he was an organ donor. But above all, Buddy’s world revolved around his sons, Wyatt (age 9) and Waylon (age 3).

Surviving are his boys, Wyatt and Waylon; parents, Craig and Marcia Highman; brother, Craig Highman II (Bernadette); sister, Angela Highman; grandfather, Keith Benner; beloved nieces and nephews, Jaycen, Tommy, Cessalee, Leilani, Arayleah and Sariyah; aunts and uncles, Brian (Angela) Rasmussen, Wade (Roxanne) Rasmussen, Tracie (Joe) Minorik, Kim Knowles, Robin (Ted) Shechtman, Lee “Shotter” (Lori) Rasmussen, Jr., Thomas Highman, Kim Christensen (Eddie), and Jeff (Jenny) Highman; many cousins, other relatives, and friends – too numerous to mention all by name.

Buddy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas and Marilyn Highman, and Lee and Fran Rasmussen; and by his uncle, Kevin Highman.


Buddy’s family will host a memorial service honoring the life of Anthony James Highman at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at First Baptist Church (3117 Lathrop Ave.) with Rev. Holly Anderle officiating. Visitation will be in the church on Saturday from 9 – 11 a.m. Donations to the family would be appreciated.

Obituary and photo for Anthony James Highman courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

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