John E Nixon

Born: Tue., Dec. 21, 1926
Died: Sat., Apr. 2, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 05, 2016
Location: Donald B Thompson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Apr. 06, 2016
Location: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

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John E. Nixon, age 89, of Middletown, Md, died April 2, 2016, peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a 3 year battle with lung and brain cancer. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Thelma Snook Nixon. They were married on December 3, 1977. Born December 21, 1926 in Cumberland Md, he was the son of the late Frank and Almeda Nixon. He was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Francis of 28 years who died in 1975. John graduated from Fort Hill High School in Cumberland Md.
When John was 16, his mother was re-married to Melvin Heller, who became a positive role model for John during his younger years. Over the years, John worked many jobs in the Cumberland area. To better support his family they moved to Hagerstown. There he worked for Victor Products and Fairchild Republic for many years. He finished his career with Eyler’s Vending as a service mechanic retiring in 1993.
John was a quiet unassuming man. He was happiest building and repairing things for his self and family. There was not a thing John could not fix or do. He was an avid Ravens and Orioles fan. John was a Civil War buff and enjoyed completing crossword puzzles.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter Margery Davis and her husband Norman, Sons, Harold Nixon and Clarence Nixon and his wife Barbara, Step sons Randy Leatherman and Fiancé Michelle, and Steve Leatherman and wife Robin, Grandchildren Norman Davis and wife Carla, Jeffrey Nixon, Gary Davis, John Davis and wife Amy, Brett Nixon, Arrin Nixon and Shea Nixon, Step Grandchildren Christopher Leatherman, Amy Knight and husband Matt, Jonathan Leatherman and friend Kirsten, and Ryan Leatherman and wife Erin, Step Great Grandson Austin Leatherman.
John is also survived by step brother Leonard Heller, Step sisters Elaine Chamberlain and Lenda Priddy.
He was preceded in death by brothers Earl and Harold Nixon and Sister Margery V. Davis. Step brothers Robert Heller, Melvin Heller, Blaine Heller and James Heller, Step sisters Nellie Mihilgic, Auldrey Lambert, Henrietta Gilpin and Bertha Davis. John is also remembered by his special nieces Judy Duckworth and Kay McKenzie of Cumberland MD.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice for the care they have given him over the past several weeks.

The family will receive friends at the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 West Main Street, Middletown on Tuesday, April 5th from 6pm to 8pm. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 6th at 1pm from the Zion Lutheran Church, 107 West Main Street, Middletown MD, with Pastor Kathy Vitalis Hoffman officiating. Interment will follow in the Zion Cemetery.
In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice or Zion Lutheran Church in Middletown.

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