Amyl Gene Nix, 88, of Boonville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 25, 2021.
The son of the late Allen and Verna Nix and a lifelong Warrick County, Indiana resident, Amyl was born on February 20, 1933, and graduated from Lynnville High School in 1951. He started farming on his own while he was still in high school, making the start of a successful career before he answered his Country’s call and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the early 1950’s. Amyl was one of the first soldiers in the U.S. Army trained in computers.
Amyl is preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley Jean Nix, who passed away in early January due to complications from COVID-19 and pneumonia. Amyl is also preceded in death by his brother, Ermil Nix. He is survived by his two children: Rudy Nix and wife, Mackenzie, of Barksdale, Texas; and Rhonda Nash of Evansville. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Laurie-Leigh White and husband, Trey, of Houston, Texas as well as other extended family and numerous friends that were like family to him.
After his military service, Amyl returned to Warrick County, married Jean, and worked for a variety of road companies and coal mines before starting a 25-year career with Alcoa’s Warrick Operations. Amyl filled his retirement with travel, gardening, spending time with his family and finding a good bargain on the side of the road. A mechanical genius known by his phrase, “if man made it, I can fix it,” he also spent his retirement repairing all sorts of things for family and friends.
Amyl had a more than 60-year commitment to Lion’s Club International, including serving as a district governor among many other positions held. “Gene and Jean” also enjoyed hosting friends and family for a meal or swim at their home, the de facto community center of John Bull Road. They were also active members of Main St. United Methodist Church in Boonville for many decades.
The passing of Amyl’s life will be marked by a small graveside ceremony on Saturday, July 31. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to medical research or the Lion’s Club in Amyl’s name.
Koehler Funeral Home in Boonville, Indiana is entrusted with care. Friends may send a condolence to the family at www.KoehlerFuneral