Ed Nix (Thomas Edward Nix III) went home to the arms of Jesus on the 9th of April, 2023. Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, Ed was welcomed into this world on Christmas Day, 1948 by his parents, Tom and Patsy Nix. He was an inquisitive child who remembered facts and figures. Throughout the years, if anyone needed to recall a name or event, Ed always knew the answer.
One of his great enjoyments was fishing with Pappy, his grandfather. Being the oldest child in the family, Ed shouldered many responsibilities and throughout his life, lived out the scripture, "Honor your father and mother." His interest in automobiles surfaced in elementary and junior high school with a hobby of building models. During high school, Ed's interests were wrestling (where he went to the State Quarterfinals), music, vaudeville, and building cars from old chassis. An excellent electric guitar performer, he formed a dance combo that played many gigs in town, including those held in the hay loft of the Nix Dairy Farm. Ed graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1967 and served on reunion planning committees. In 1969, Ed graduated from Colorado State University at Pueblo with an Associate Degree.
Considering it an honor to serve his country, he joined the Army, receiving high marks during his training. Serving in Vietnam, Ed taught the soldiers of the South Vietnam Army how to repair heavy equipment as they engaged in many missions. He received commendations for repairing equipment during those missions, some without protection.
After serving his country, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Wright on May 5, 1973. Their union was blessed with three children, Tom, Matt, and Alicia. Ed and Marilyn opened their hearts and home to many young people who needed hugs or guidance. Ed received his teaching certificate and became an instructor at the community college. He built a successful auto mechanic business, and was known in the community for his honesty, integrity, humor, compassion, and his deep faith in God. After Ed retired from his auto mechanic business, he became a realtor, teaching classes on real estate law where he was dubbed "professor." Through the years, family members enjoyed using computers built by Ed.
He was a member of the Elks Club, car clubs and the American Legion where he served as Honor Guard and Chaplain. Ed also served his community as a Boy Scout director for several years and his church as leader of the outreach team. He will be deeply missed by his loved ones and friends.
Ed leaves behind his wife, Marilyn; his mother, Patsy Nix; brother, Ken; children, Tom (Joy), Matt (Lauren), Alicia (Bill); and grandchildren, Luke, Samuel, Micah, Emily, James, Noah, Amber, and Amelia.
Ed was preceded in death by his father, Tom; sister, Susie; and brother, David.
Inurnment with full military honors will take place on Friday, April 21, 2:00 p.m. at the Cheyenne National Cemetery, 8611 Hildreth Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82009. Please come prepared for inclement weather and arrive no earlier than 1:50 pm. Please Park on the right side of the paved cemetery road to allow for immediate family and the funeral vehicle to pass on the left side.
Celebration of Ed's life will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. at Heart of the Rockies Christian Church, 6501 Brittany Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
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