John Bixby, 78
RUMNEY — John Clifton Bixby, 78, of Rumney, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 11, at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, Tilton. He was surrounded by his children and family.
John was born in Plymouth on July 10, 1935, to Leroy Clifton Bixby and Eva Monroe Bixby. John grew up in New Hampshire, attending schools in Rumney and Plymouth after which he went into the Air Force and worked as an airplane mechanic.
After he left the military he traveled extensively, he had been in every state in the United States, except Alaska and South Dakota. He returned to Rumney where he bought a logging truck and logged for a while. After that he was employed at Kelly's Auto Body for 44 years before he retired.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a gifted musician who played many instruments. He loved his family and the many get-togethers they had over the years. He loved to watch NASCAR races. He also enjoyed riding the many Harley-Davidsons he had owned over the years.
John is predeceased by his parents; his wife, Marcia (MacDonald) Bixby; and his brother, James Bixby.
He is survived by his children, Melody Bixby Wendell, Rumney, Rebecca Bixby Gelsi, Orford, and Leroy Clifton Bixby, New Hampton; his brothers, Charles Bixby, Rumney, and Richard Bixby, Bristol; a sister, Annette Flanders, Rumney; grandchildren, Brenton Eastman, Orford, Jonathan Eastman, Rumney, George Wendell V. Rumney, John Bixby II, New Hampton, and Rachel Bixby, New Hampton; and great-grandaughter, Rihanna Eastman.
Calling hours will be held Monday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth. A graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 20, at 10 a.m. in the Highland Cemetery, Rumney.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the New Hampshire Veteran's Home Resident Fund, 139 Main St., Tilton, NH 03276.
To sign John's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com