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James A. Nixon

Born: Fri., Jun. 23, 1944
Died: Thu., Mar. 9, 2017


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Mar. 13, 2017
Location: Hanley and Sons

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Mar. 14, 2017
Location: Sumption Prairie United Methodist Church

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James A. Nixon, 72, of South Bend passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 9, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

He was born on June 23, 1944, in South Bend to the late Arthur W. and Kathryn H. (Alexander) Nixon.

James graduated from Indiana State University with a Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry.  He worked for Eli Lilly as a Research Chemist and his name is attached to seven Drug Patents for Mental Health, Obesity and Diabetes.

He is survived by his sister, Marsha K. (Frank) Norris of Lampasas, Texas, and his three brothers, William V. (Theda) Nixon of South Bend, Gerald L. (Marilee) Nixon of Goshen and Brian J. (Jane) Nixon of Clifton, Va.

James was preceded in death by his father, Arthur, on January 30, 1998, and his mother, Kathryn, on January 15, 2014.

He enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting, gardening, and watching IU Basketball and the Chicago Cubs.  He was also a collector of many and varied things.

James was a member of the Sumption Prairie United Methodist Church Bible Study Group, sang in the Eli Lilly Choir and played keyboard instruments. He served many years as an election officer at polling places in St. Joseph County's Greene Township and in Marion County.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 13, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Hanley and Sons Funeral Home “Southwest Chapel,” located at State Road 23/W. Ireland Road, South Bend.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 14, at Sumption Prairie United Methodist Church, 24535 Roosevelt Road, South Bend, with Pastor Trenton Prieshoff officiating. Friends may visit one prior to service at the church.  Burial will take place at a later date at Sumption Prairie Cemetery.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Sumption Prairie United Methodist Church, 24353 Roosevelt Road, South Bend, IN 46614.

The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Nixon family.

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carol gilmer robbins
   Posted Sat March 11, 2017
Bill and Theda, thought and prayers are with you all at the sudden death of Jim. We just never know and live each day to to the fullest. God Bless.63

Brian Watson
   Posted Mon March 13, 2017
I am very saddened to hear about Jim’s passing. Jim and I worked together at Eli Lilly before his retirement. I have very fond memories of Jim’s smile, laughter, and joyful view of life. Words are never adequate in moments like this, so allow me to express my deepest condolences to all of Jim’s friends, family, and those who loved him. My heart goes out to you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brian M. Watson

Paul McDermott
   Posted Mon March 13, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the family of Jim Nixon in the event of his passing. He was one of the most genuinely nice people I've ever met at Eli Lilly, and his smile and laughter was so infectious. I never saw Jim in a bad mood in all the years I knew him...he was such a kind and gentle soul. Rest in peace, Jim...may your light continue to shine brightly.

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