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Obituary for Leonid T. Nixon
Leonid T. Nixon, 92, of Kansas City, MO, passed away on August 5, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents Eugenia and Timothy Nixon, brothers Boris, Glenn, Larry, and Walter Nixon, and wife ("my Sweetheart"), Helen Nixon. Remaining here to cherish his memory are Leo's daughters, Nancy (Nixon) Larrick, Patricia (Nixon) Sidener, Rebecca (Nixon) Sidener, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, many adoring nieces and nephews, and his loving sister, Ludmila (Nixon) Gibbons.
Leo was a U. S. Navy veteran, a graduate from Akron University, and he retired from the B. F. Goodrich Tire Company after 33 years of service. He was involved in school and extracurricular sports his entire life - swimming, basketball, baseball, football, golf, jogging, bowling, and bike riding - and enjoyed attending local high-school and college sporting events and having coffee with the guys. He had a great appreciation of music, from Beethoven and Pavarotti to Moody Blues and Bob Seger. Leo was very interested in his daughters' pursuits in life and was behind them in all of their dreams and ventures - ballet, tap dance, piano, violin, guitar, band, orchestra, drum and bugle corps, swim team, gymnastics - and would be their biggest fan. He was at times a foreboding figure standing at 6' 4" and had a terrific, sarcastic sense of humor, and loved baking his special Christmas cookies every year. He cherished family gatherings and was generous with his love, protection, and many, many "rescues" of his kids.
Dad will always be remembered as a caring father and a loving, supportive husband. He was our tall rock and remained "the boss" up until the very end. We will dearly miss his earthly presence in our lives, but now we have confidence that he is in the hands of the Lord God Almighty.
Father, Dad, Daddy, Pop, Papa, Grandpa, Uncle, Brother, - WE LOVE YOU!
Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Faith Community Church, 4214 NW Cookingham Road, Kansas City, MO 64164 with a visitation from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Second Creek Cemetery with Military Honors.
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