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James Robert Nix, 75, of Columbia City, died on Sunday, May 15, 2011 unexpectedly at his residence. Born May 7, 1936, he was a son of the late Leo and Magdalene Nix.
Born in Fort Wayne, he moved with his family to the Tri-Lakes area as a child and resided in Whitley County for the majority of his life. He graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1954. He then enlisted in the United States Navy from 1955-1959 serving on board the USS Enterprise during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In April of 2005, he married Elizabeth Ann Erickson in Springfield, Ohio. He worked at International Harvester/Navistar for 35 years, retiring in 2004. He moved to Springfield, Ohio for 15 years while working for Navistar.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Ann Nix of Columbia City; son, Doug (Betty) Nix of Columbia City; stepsons, Steven (Monica) Grawcock of Grimsley, Tenn., John Grawcock of Warsaw, Ernest (Vickie) Grawcock of Fort Wayne; sisters, Patricia (James) Hardesty of Coldwater, Mich., Cheryl Harbor of Indianapolis; sister-in-law, Joan Nix of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dorman and Donald Nix and sister, Mary Warner.
At Mr. Nixâ€™s request there will be no visitation or funeral services. Burial will be private.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Nix may be made to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46825. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City. To send the family a condolence, or sign the guest register, visit www.demoneygrimes.com.