Gary Dix, 49, of Melbourne, Florida passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at hospice in Palm Bay. He is survived by his adoring wife, Maria; his parents, Ernest and Akiko Dix of Folsom, CA; his sisters, Sandra Hodges of Lakeland, FL and Patricia Poremba of Folsom, CA; his brother, James Dix of Portland, OR and his children from a prior marriage, Jonathan and Krystal Reyes of Sacramento, CA.
Gary dedicated his life to his country through a distinguished military service career. He was an active duty US Army Master Sergeant working on the Department of the Army Executive Communications Team at the Pentagon. He had over 28 years of exceptional meritorious service in the US Army, US Air Force, US Army National Guard and US Air National Guard. He received numerous awards and decorations including The Legion of Merit Award. He conducted tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other missions in the Middle East and Africa.
Gary's passions included a lifelong love of cars, music, animals and food. A visitation will be held on Monday, October 7 from 5-7pm at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Viera, FL. A funeral service will be held, graveside, on Tuesday, October 8 at 12:30pm at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Suntree Viera Pet Rescue, PO Box 410123, Melbourne, FL 32914-0123, in memory of Gary Dix.You may sign Gary's firstname.lastname@example.org
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Oct. 5, 2013