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Joseph E. Rixen - 59

2/21/1961 - 8/27/2020

Clinton, IA

     Joseph E. Rixen, age 59 of Clinton, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals.  In following Joe’s wishes cremation rites have been accorded.  A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home.  Burial will be at a later date in Smith Cemetery. 

 

     Joe was born in Clinton on February 21, 1961, the son of Frank and Gayla (Spooner) Rixen.  He attended Clinton Schools.  Joe owned and operated Rixen painting for 32 years.  He married Nicci Dolph on September 2, 2018 in Clinton.  Joe was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.  He enjoyed hunting, Sunday drives and spending time with his family, friends and his cats. 

 

     Joe is survived by his wife, Nicci; his son, Joe (Amanda) Rixen, Jr. of Cedar Rapids; a step-son, Steven (Stefanie) Shepherd of Preston; his granddaughter, Avery; 2 brothers, Chris (Christy) Rixen of Clinton and Dave Rixen of Andover and nieces and nephews, Billy, Zach, Maddy and Piper.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Kim and his niece, Angie.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. 

Gathering of Friends

In following Joe’s wishes cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date in Smith Cemetery.

4 Comments

  • Karen (Roling) Grimm

    on 08/28/20

    Chris and Christy you have my deepest sympathy. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Ashley Bice

    on 08/29/20

    To Dave Chris and all family.  It is a sad day.  Joe was a great man and a master of his craft.  I miss the days of seeing him and my dad fish and laugh and have fun together.  Joe was like an uncle to me all of my life and my life was definitely enriched by his presence. I have had so many great memories that have come to surface over the last couple of days and each one of them we are all having a fun time. Lots of fireworks, camping, canoeing, hunting, sledding, and fishing.  I know my dad is handing him a fishing pole right now. Joe was deeply loved by all of my family, Hell, he was family.  Take care of one another and your hearts, this is a man who impacted everyone. He will be remembered with great love. I wish I could be there to memorialize and honor him with you all. Sending love and light from Oregon.

  • Patty (Matheis)Haferbier

    on 08/29/20

    Chris, Dave n families. I have literally known you since before kindergarten. I was sad to hear about Kim and now Joe. He always spoke with a quiet tone but made sure to get my attention to say Hi. Im so very sorry for your loss.
  • Wanda and John Strunk

    3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Joey and family- 

       John and I were so sorry to hear about your dad. We just loved him, that great smile and laugh. The world lost a little sparkle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He loved you so much and was so proud of you. 

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