Raymond Arthur Nixon
January 12, 1942-May 5, 2021
Raymond A. Nixon Jr., 79, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Wednesday May 5, 2021 at Miller's Health and Rehab in La Porte, IN.
He was born January 12, 1942 in Mishawaka, Indiana, the son of Raymond Allen Nixon and Viola "Eleanor" (Rush) Nixon.
On February 26, 1966 Raymond married Debbie Tanke in St. John’s Lutheran Church La Porte, IN.
Ray enjoyed many things in his life from gardening (he took a Master Gardening course at Purdue University), tending to his vegetable gardens and his beautiful flower gardens accompanied by his border collie “Jen”. Ray was also a member of The Bass Club enjoyed fishing in tournaments. He was a big Green Bay Packers fan and would attend their games and truly enjoyed training camp. He liked watching old western movies featuring John Wayne, and was a John Denver fan. He was a volunteer at Pioneer Land for many years. Ray was a 1961 graduate from La Porte High School, and a proud Navy veteran serving 4 years with 1 in Vietnam. But Ray's true passion in life was his love for his family. Ray enjoyed traveling with Debbie and went to all the states including Hawaii and Alaska. He held a special love for his grandkid's and great-grandkid's.
He is also survived by his wife Debbie; two daughters, Shellie (Marc) Games of La Porte, IN, and Sheila C. Nixon of Rolling Prairie, IN; sister, Barbara (Bob) Scalf of Three Oaks, MI; four grandchildren, Jessica (Levent) Deger, Shantel Games, Tashenna (Deven Wilson) Bougher, Ronald "RJ" E. (Shaelyn Falls) Bougher Jr.; along with two great-grandchildren, Colt, and Jet; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Marvin and Wayne Nixon.
Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN. A memorial will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pioneer Land 2581 IN-2 La Porte, IN 46350, and Dunes Hospice 4711 Evans Ave. Valparaiso, IN 46383.
Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.