Gary Dean Nixon, age 43 of Baxter Springs, Kan. passed from this life Friday, February 17, 2012 at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, Mo.

Gary was born September 14, 1968 in Columbus, Kan. to the union of Virgil and Anna (Jones) Nixon. Gary worked for ERC Properties in Fort Smith, Ark. as a construction Forman until injury forced him out of work. He enjoyed fishing and collecting coins and stamps. He loved traveling and taking care of his dogs. Gary always took time to listen and carry on conversation with anyone, but especially like taking care of and looking out for the elder. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Miami, Okla.

Gary is survived by his parents Virgil and Anna Nixon of Baxter Springs, Kan.; one brother, Paul Nixon of Baxter Springs, Kan.; he was the God Father of Janea and Savannah Hardiman; three special friends Kim Hardiman, Joy Alsbury, and Autumn McAfee. Along with several extended family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Burial will follow in the Ottawa Indian Cemetery. Family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Memorial donations may be made in care of the funeral home to help with expenses. Online condolences may be expressed at .