Joseph James Nix, age 92, of Glencoe, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
He was born March 10, 1919, in rural Sauk Rapids, the seventh child of John and Margaret (Dierkes) Nix. Joseph was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth at St. Patrick’s parish.
He was raised on the family homestead during the Great Depression, attended country grade school, and, in 1938, graduated from St. Cloud Cathedral High School.
Joe entered active military service in the US Army Oct. 14, 1941, and served his country in the 53rd FA 6th Infantry Division during World War II. After he was honorably discharged, he furthered his education at the University of St. Thomas and graduated from the University of Minnesota - Institute of Agriculture, receiving a degree in agriculture education.
Joe was united in marriage to Bernice Haupt June 18, 1957, at the Church of St. Mary in Arlington. This marriage was blessed with four children, Timothy, Margaret, Mary, and Susan.
Joe and Bernie made their home in Marshall and Redwood Falls before moving to Glencoe in 1965. They shared 50 years of marriage, until Bernice passed away Aug. 14, 2007.
Joe’s career started as an agricultural instructor in Clarkfield. He went on to be a sales agent for Knights of Columbus Insurance before starting his position as county supervisor of the Farmers Home Administration in 1964, where he remained until retiring in 1987.
A faithful participant in the Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree and served as past grand knight and faithful navigator. He was also a member of the Glencoe VFW Post 5102, and the Glencoe American Legion Post 95.
Joe enjoyed gardening, reading, and playing cards. He loved traveling, especially to Alaska. His sparkling Irish blue eyes added to his wit and humor, and he cherished the time spent with family and friends.
Joseph is survived by his children, Timothy Nix and his wife, Ann, of Plato, Margaret Nix of Munich, Germany, Mary Degn and her husband, Randy, of Delano, and Susan Dahinden and her husband, Gregory, of Portland, OR; grandchildren Joseph T., Elizabeth, Shannon and Andrew Nix, and Lauren and Katherine Degn; brothers-in-law John Haupt of Minneapolis, and Frank Haupt and his wife, Mabel, of Gaylord; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
In addition to his wife, Bernice, Joe was preceded in death by sisters Mary and Sarah Nix, Julia Weller and her husband, Jim, and Margaret Horst and her husband, Donald; brothers Thomas Nix, and Sylvester Nix and his wife, Lura; and brothers and sisters-in-law Joe Haupt, Bette Haupt, and Janet Haupt.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, with Fr. Anthony Stubeda officiating. Readers were Elizabeth and Shannon Nix. Sister Elizabeth Gruenes was the organist, and song leaders were Gus and Irene Makovsky. Musical selections included “Here I Am Lord,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “I Am The Bread Of Life,” “Song Of Farewell,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Arlington with military honors provided by Glencoe VFW Post 5102 and Glencoe American Legion Post 95.
Casket bearers were Joseph T. Nix, Michael Nix, Thomas Nix, John Nix, William Nix, Francis Nix, and James Rohlick.
Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.