James “Jim” Arnold Rixmann, 80, of Jacksonville, NC, formerly of Hoyleton died Monday, January 31, 2022 at 2:35 PM. at Stonebridge Nursing Home in Jacksonville. He was born July 24, 1941 in Hoyleton, IL, the son of Arnold and Frances (Ellerbusch) Rixmann. He married Alice “Ali” Norcross Fletcher on August 16, 1980 at Our Savior Luther Church, Cheyenne, WY.
Ali survives in Jacksonville, NC. Also surviving are a daughter, Melissa (Brian) Waters of Murfreesboro, TN and a son, Scott (Patricia) Rixmann of Jacksonville, NC; four grandchildren, Chloe and Emily Waters of Murfreesboro, TN and Christine and Douglas Freeman of Jacksonville, NC; sister-in-laws, Karen Rixmann and Elizabeth Matera; four nephews and one niece, Jarret Rixmann, Craig (Tracy) Rixmann, Kelly Burger, Robert Matera and David (Maria) Matera; 5 grandnephews and 3 grandnieces.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Louise Schnitker and Irma Tyberendt, brother, Jerry Rixmann.
Jim was a graduate of Nashville Community High School and Chapman College of Economics. He was a United States Air Force veteran during the cold war and the Wyoming Air National Guard. Jim was an employee of Mountain Bell Telephone Company in Cheyenne, WY and US West Communications in Denver, CO prior to retiring in Bella Vista, AR. He was awarded the Bell System’s Theodore Vail Award. He was a member of American Legion Post 341 and Calvary Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, NC.
Jim was interested in geography and enjoyed traveling in North America. His major points of interest were Glacier National Park Montana, Whitehorse Yukon, and Gander and St John’s Newfoundland.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Hoyleton with Rev. Nathan Wollenberg officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Scott Air Force Base Burial Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Styninger Funeral & Cremation Chapel in Hoyleton is in charge of arrangements.
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