John Rix was born Aug, 22, 1929, at his rural home in Sac County, Iowa, the son of Emil and Anna (Garms) Rix. He attended a country school 1 1/2 miles from his home through the eighth grade and then graduated from Sac City High School in 1946. He was a farm laborer for two years after graduation and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served his country from 1948-1952. Following his years of service, he was a 1956 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in agriculture education.
John was united in marriage to Lenore A. Meyer on Sept. 11, 1955 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in rural Sac County. He taught at Marathon from 1956-1959 and at Laurens until 1965. The fall of 1965, he started his teaching position in Le Mars, from which he retired in 1990 after 25 years. In 1967, while teaching in Le Mars, he also received his masters in education degree from the University of Minnesota. In 1986, he was recognized with the National Award as Outstanding Teacher in Vocational Agriculture.
John and Lenore moved to Nevada in 2000 from Le Mars. Since retiring, John has enjoyed time spent camping and traveling with his wife along with the extra time spent with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Lenore; a son, Scott Rix and his children Samantha and Evan, all of Nevada; a daughter, Linda (Rick) Sharp and their children Jamie (Greg) Irwin and Jordyn Sharp, all of Columbia, Mo.; two sisters, Sally Kolb of Lytton and Mildred Smith of Wichita, Kan.; and several nieces, nephews, and many friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Justin Sharp in 1981; and four brothers, Earl, Bob, Don, and Herbert Rix.
Funeral services will be held noon on Wednesday, June 27 at the Memorial Lutheran Church, 701 11th Street in Nevada with the Rev. David R. Burling officiating. Cremation will follow the service and internment will be held in the Oakland Cemetery, Sac City. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.p. at Chet Ryan Mortuary, 708 Fifth Street in Nevada.
A memorial fund has been established.