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Bob Higby, 65, area news broadcaster

Bob Higby, a Tampa Bay radio and television news figure for 20 years, died Wednesday (June 5, 1991) while vacationing at Hilton Head Island, S.C. He was 65. Mr. Higby, who had a history of heart problems, died during his sleep, his son, George, said Thursday.

After 20 years at station WDAF in Kansas City, Mo., Mr. Higby was hired in 1970 by WFLA radio as news director. He also appeared on two TV programs for WFLA-Ch. 8 television for several years, Categorically Speaking, a quiz show, and News Conference.

Mr. Higby, who lived in St. Petersburg, later worked at WWBA, where he and the late Bill Miller broadcast the Higby-Miller Report in the early 1980s. He retired last year from WSUN radio but occasionally filled in for staffers, his son said. One such occasion was last Friday, before leaving on vacation, his son said.

Survivors, in addition to his son, include his wife, Ann Dubay Higby; two daughters, Cathy Clayton, Grandview, Mo., and Laurie Higby, Kansas City; and three grandchildren.

Services will be Monday at Mount Moriah Funeral Home and Cemetery, Kansas City. The Island Funeral Home, Hilton Head Island, is in charge of arrangements.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.