Gov. Nixon's father dies at 90
ST. LOUIS — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon reported Friday that his father, Jeremiah Nixon, had passed away at the age of 90. Jeremiah Nixon died of natural causes at his home in St. Louis.
Jeremiah Nixon served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the U.S. Army during the Korean War. A graduate from the University of Missouri School of Law, Nixon would later serve as the state's assistant prosecuting attorney before founding his own law practice. Nixon's career of public service continued with stints as a municipal judge and mayor of De Soto, among other civic involvement.
"Throughout his life, my father was driven by a commitment to leave his community better than he found it, and that's exactly what he did," the governor said in a statement released Friday.
Jeremiah Nixon is survived by his wife of 32 years, Katy; three children, Melinda, Jeremiah and Penelope; and five grandchildren, Alex, Bess, Frank, Jeremiah and Will.
A funeral service will be held for family and friends at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home in De Soto.
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