Jerrold "Jerry" R. Nixon,70, of Dania Beach, Florida, formerly of Painesville, Ohio passed away on July 2nd at Broward Health Medical Center after a 2-month battle with leukemia. He is survived by his children, Scott Nixon of New Port Richey, Fl., and Kimberly Thompson of Cleveland, Ohio; his beloved companion Edward Borden, and Eddy's mother Anne of Dania Beach; his brothers and sisters Bob (Pat) Nixon of Denver, Jon (Phyllis) Nixon of Leroy; JoAnn (Thom) Smith of Painesville Twp.; Tom (Susan) Jenkins of Denver; JoAnn Jenkins (Louis) Trevino of Houston; nieces & nephews, Vance Nixon, Melissa Smith, Matthew Smith, Sarah Jenkins, Alex Jenkins, Tristan Trevino, Kelly (Andy) McKelvy and Chad Rankin; and his aunt Marjorie Carr of St. Joseph, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his father Walter R. Nixon in 1975 and his mother Josephine K. Nixon Jenkins this past year. Jerry was a graduate of Harvey High School where he served as student body president. He attended Ohio State University, and graduated second in his class in 1964 from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He joined his father at Nixon Funeral Home as the third generation Funeral Director for the business started by his grandfather, Earl S. Nixon in 1932. He held Funeral Director and Embalming Licenses in both the State of Ohio and the State of Florida. After his father's death in 1975 Jerry became owner of the Nixon Funeral Home. In 1980 he sold the funeral home to Brunner Funeral Home and became the General Manager of Inman Shipping Worldwide, a company that is responsible to Funeral Homes for transporting human remains from the place of death to their home wherever in the world they call home. In 1987 he opened Nixon Funeral Service in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He remained there until his death. He was a member of the Painesville Kiwanis Club serving as it's president; a member of the Ohio Funeral Director's Association; Painesville Masonic Temple F & AM; and Urania Chapter #284 Order of the Eastern Star. He was active in various church activities at the Painesville United Methodist Church and the Church of the Brethren. While in Painesville he was honored by the Painesville Jaycee's as Young Man of the Year. A memorial service will be held in the future in Painesville. Graveside services will be held in Evergreen Cemetery at that time. The family requests memorial contributions be made in his honor to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and can be made online at aidshealth.org or a favorite
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on July 9, 2013