James Wrixon

James Richard Wrixon

Saturday, March 22nd, 1930 - Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
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James Richard Wrixon was born on March 22, 1930. He was a loving husband, loving & nurturing father of 7 Children, and has 14 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren.
James was a dedicated and practicing Catholic and he used his gifts to serve others. He earned an Undergraduate Degree from Niagara Falls University and A Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from New York University (NYU) in the late 1950’s. He worked for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, MI in the 1960’s and then went on to his passion of teaching as a college professor at Eastern Michigan University in the 1970’s and Purdue University in the 1980’s. James was also a Korean War Era Veteran; he served as a Lieutenant.
James was happily married to his very loving and surviving wife Dorothy Jo Wrixon or affectionately known by her middle name “Jo” for 32 years.
James is survived by his Twin Brother Charlie Wrixon, and his nieces Anne and Jeannie Wrixon.
James is survived by his Seven (7) children with former wife & loving mother Barbara Haggerty. Barbara’s husband, Brian Haggerty is a loving & faithful second Father to his Children, Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren:
James is survived by the following.
Donna Weeks (Daughter) and her husband Larry Weeks parents of Michael and Jenny Weeks (Grandchildren). Michael (Grandson) and his Wife Joyce Weeks have two children Scott and Jake Weeks (Great Grandsons).
Jim Wrixon (Son).
John wrixon (Son) and his wife Barbara Wrixon parents of John Jr and Brendan (Grandsons). John Jr. (Grandson) and his wife Katie Wrixon.
John Wrixon (Son) and former wife Terri Brown Wrixon parents of Jamie and Kevin Wrixon (Grandsons). Jamie Wrixon (Grandson) and his wife Christine Wrixon are parents of Amber, Tyler & Jackson Wrixon (Great Grandchildren).
Mary Jo Gieseke (Daughter) and her husband Donald Gieseke parents of Amanda, Daniel, Eric and Troy Gieseke (Grandchildren).
Robert Wrixon (Son).
Barbara Thoksakis (Daughter) and her husband Nikos Thoksakis parents of Arianna & Katerina Thoksakis (Granddaughters).
Donald Wrixon (Son) & his wife Toni Wrixon. Donald and his former and deceased wife Aymee Wrixon are parents of Heather & Holly Wrixon (Granddaughters).
Loved by James and a very joyful part of his surviving family are:
• James’s wife Jo’s Daughters Deborah Lewandowski & Dawn Parkison & Jo’s Son John Parkison (Deceased) and John’s wife Karen.
• Deborah’s Lewandowski’s children with her husband Michael are Brian Lewandowski and Shannon Stanley. Brian Lewandowski with his wife Kim and their children Brynn & Audrey Lewandowski and Deborah’s daughter Shannon Stanley and her husband Jake and their children Odinn & Wednesday Stanley.
• Dawn Parkison – her daughter Jennifer Lynne Prosser Sparkman and her children Chase, AJ and Alex & Dawn’s daughter Tara Marie Prosser Remfrey with husband Josh and their children Nicholas, Michael, Jonathon and Katelyn.
James was well loved, lived a wonderful life and will be missed. James was called home to be with the Lord on November 11, 2020 (Veteran’s Day 2020).
From Youngest Son Donald Wrixon: “In Heaven, God has revealed all life's mysteries and he is happy and forever without pain. A full life of service, love and commitment is rewarded. May we all find joy in his arrival”.

Mass of Christian Burial is 11 am, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with calling one hour prior. Calling also Monday, November 16, 2020 at FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services from 5 pm to 7 pm. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 16th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, November 16th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church
    1502 E Wallen Road
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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  • Interment

    Greenlawn Memorial Park
    Address Not Available
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Barbara Thoksakis

Posted at 01:56pm
Our father, James R Wrixon, was surely the last of his kind, or perhaps the only of his kind! Sadly, none of us can call him up on the phone anymore, and just talk. I think there are a lot of words left unsaid, as I wanted to ask him more about his younger life and our family history. I would love the book on the history of the Wrixon surname, so I can do some more writing on our family history to pass down to our succeeding generations, so they know where they come from. I cannot locate the one I wrote fifteen years ago. I will have to ask Jo what she recalls and piece what I remember together somehow.

I, too, was going to mention Dad leaping to the top of a six-foot fence in one bound, when Mary Jo had her sledding accident. It really was amazing to watch! We were all in the house doing whatever, when Jim came in stating MJ was in an accident. Jim was instructed by Dad, I think, to get some clean rags, as MJ was bleeding. But Dad, ran so fast out the door, I was prompted to follow him to see why he was in such a rush. (Meanwhile Jim was wandering around the house long after MJ was in the hospital, wondering why he had rags in his hands!) Anyway, I watched as Dad ran across the yard as if he was competing in the 50-yard dash, and I mean to emphasize that he was moving very quickly. Then, in one single leap, he jumped to the top of that six-foot fence in our back yard. From there, he bolted across the field and up the hill to where MJ was, in a matter of seconds. I think Donald or Rob saw it as well.

I recall a time when I was very young (perhaps four or five years old?), that his mother came to visit us in Michigan traveling in a Volkswagen bug! I also remember Dad taking me out for ice cream at Fannie Farmers, when I was feeling down. He even took me to a few plays as well, as Dad loved attending plays. Dad took me to more than one office Christmas party, and one of these parties I think, was the first time I met Jo. Another time, just before my fourteenth birthday in 1976, he took me to Meadowbrook to see a Pat and Debbie Boone outdoor concert! And, I remember spending the weekend with him at his apartment in Southfield. Tennis with Mr. Schmidt, and of course, Rob and I putting the Kleenex on his head. I'm pretty sure he knew the Kleenex was there though, he just played along. Surely, James R Wrixon will be missed by many... and deeply. With deepest sympathy. James' loving daughter, Barbie


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Posted at 01:06pm
For auld lang syne. In loving memory, Barbie
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Posted at 03:41pm
It is strange how the smallest thing can make a huge impact.
My most beloved memory of my father-in-law and Jo is their visit with us in Reno .
We planted strawberries in the back yard and talked for hours, about mostly nothing, yet I felt a connection that is so uncommon in this world.
He is now with our Lord and Savior.
Don't forget to reach out to those that are still here.

Donald Wrixon

Posted at 03:23pm
Dad. So proud to be your son. You've done some real good in this world. Your love for knowledge, calm demeanor and strong faith has served to guide all of us who know your as Dad or Grandpa. Be in peace Dad. I'll miss you always. Love, Donald

Barbara and Brian Haggerty

Posted at 04:40pm
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