July 24, 1918 TO October 19, 2009
William Glenn Nixon was born July 24, 1918 at Chinook, Alberta. Glenn was the seventh child of a family of ten born to Jack and Christina Nixon. On April 10th, 1944 Glenn married the love of his life, Isabel Campbell, and to this union seven children were born. In 1948 Glenn and Isabel purchased a farm in the Hackett area where they raised their family. Glenn loved his family and as each baby came along he was always there to help out. He loved babies; in fact he could never pass by a child without stopping to speak or to tease them. Glenn was good with horses, he had been breaking horses from the time he was young. When he would leave in the morning you never knew what he was going to come home with. He was a true entrepreneur and there was nothing he loved more than to make a good deal.
Everyone who knew Glenn would see him with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was very witty; he loved to laugh and he loved a good joke, especially if he could pull a prank on someone. As the family grew up and one by one were married, he came to love their spouses just like his own family. However Glenn was a tease and he would give them a hard time whenever he had the chance.
Throughout the years along came the grandchildren and then the great grandchildren. Glenn loved them all, from the babies to the adults, taking the time to get to know and enjoy them; they all loved their Grandpa. There were many happy family gatherings, birthday celebrations and anniversaries. Many milestone birthday parties were held for Glenn and he made everyone feel welcome and included. He was truly in his element when surrounded by his family and friends.
Glenn was very close to his siblings and there were many Nixon family reunions. There were also many camping trips taken with family and friends.
In 2001, Glenn and Isabel moved to Stettler and within the year knew most of their neighbors; their door was always open. They enjoyed their new home as their family was close by and continued to play cards, entertain and attend social functions. Glenn especially enjoyed visiting with young people, and was always open minded and interested in what they had to say. He was always grateful to family and extended family members whenever they helped him out. Glenn was a strong intelligent man who raised his family with high ethics and integrity. The last few years he had faced a lot of health challenges but because of his determination and will, he pulled through and regained his strength.
A few days before his 91st birthday, Glenn fell and broke his leg. During his lengthy stay in the hospital he fought a long and difficult battle but he lost that battle October 19th. Glenn will be missed very much but his legacy will live on in his family. Glenn is survived by his loving wife, Isabel of 65 years, his children; Glenna Bierle, Gloria Streit (Russell Stewart), Jack (Shirley) Nixon, Mary Ann (Rob) Nelson, Darlene Low and Garry (Deb) Nixon. Sixteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, brother, Dave (Betty) Nixon of Byemoor, sisters, Amy (Frank) Bates of Stettler and Alice Clayton of Calgary. Sisters-in-law, Lavonne Nixon of Hanna, Doreen (Bert) McCabe, Peg Hanning and Marie Campbell all of Stettler and Shirley Campbell of Byemoor. Glenn is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and so many very dear friends. He was predeceased by his daughter, Margaret Nixon, parents, Christina and Jack Nixon, four brothers, two sisters, nine brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law.
A Celebration of Glenn’s life was held at the Stettler Community Hall on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Jack Schulze officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Glenn to St George’s Anglican Church, Stettler Hospital Palliative Care, Diabetes Association or to a charity of choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services who were entrusted with he arrangements P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO. Condolences can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. 742-3315.