February 14, 1936 – September 25, 2017
At age 81, passed away peacefully, September 25 after a valiant struggle, fighting three neurological disorders.
Bill is survived by his wife Cherie Nixon of 51 years, daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Scott Greiner of Christiansburg, Virginia; son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Julie Nixon of Dexter; daughter, Julie Nixon of Dexter; sister Suzanne VanNatter, of Dexter; four granddaughters, Kaylee and Leah Greiner of Christiansburg, Virginia, and Jenna and Tara Nixon of Dexter; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Neil and Helen Nixon.
Bill was born in Pinckney, Michigan and was a life-long resident of Webster Township. He graduated from Dexter High School in 1954. After high school, he attended Michigan State University and partnered with his father on the family dairy farm.
Later he became owner-operator of Nixon Farms a cash-crop, beef cattle feedlot in Dexter. He was always one of the first in the area to try new innovative farming practices.
Bill was very active in the agricultural community serving on several boards and organizations locally and statewide.
He served on the Washtenaw County Soil Conservation Board from 1971 to 1993 and was named the Outstanding Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1983. Bill was a director of the Washtenaw Livestock and Dairy Council for 16 years. In 2011, he was recognized by the council for his service in agriculture.
He also served on the boards of the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau, the Chelsea Community Fair, and the Webster Township Board of Review.
The family would like to thank his caregivers, Ramin and Mary Beth, as well as his special friends Denny, Ralph, and Steve, for their loving support and care ‑ helping to make Bill’s days a little happier.
The family received friends from 2 to 8pm at the Nie Funeral Home, 3767 Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor on Sunday, Oct. 1. A celebration of life took place from Nixon Farms at noon followed by a luncheon on Monday, Oct. 2. A private burial was held.
Bill was an avid supporter of 4-H youth programs. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Washtenaw County 4-H, P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645.