Arthur R. Fixel, 90, of Quincy died in Tallahassee, Florida on April 15, 2014.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 12, 1923, the son of Arthur Ellis and Carolyn Pollock Fixel.
Arthur was attending Northwestern University when the United States entered World War II and soon thereafter he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and was later promoted to First Lieutenant during which time he flew numerous combat missions as a lead radar bombardier – navigator with the 388th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force in the European Theater. For his combat service he received, among other awards, the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Shortly before having been sent overseas during World War II, Arthur married Carolyn Wedeles, to whom he was so devoted for the nearly 70 years of their marriage.
After the conclusion of World War II in 1945, Arthur returned to Northwestern where he completed his undergraduate degree in economics.
Upon graduation, Arthur and Carolyn settled in Quincy, Carolyn’s hometown, where he began a lengthy career as a shade tobacco grower and packer. During this time, he served a term as president of the Florida Shade Tobacco Growers Association. When the tobacco industry in Gadsden County concluded, he returned to school, this time at Florida State University, where he completed a PhD in education. Arthur then worked at the Florida Department of Education as a Program Manager until his retirement in 1990.
Arthur’s interests were varied and many: golf, tennis, hunting, classical music, genealogy, painting, reading history and spectator sports, especially football (FSU and Northwestern) and baseball (Detroit Tigers).
Arthur was active in his community, including early leadership roles in the Gadsden County Tuberculosis and Health Association, Gadsden Arts Center, Literary Volunteers, the Gadsden County Historical Society, and the Unitarian Church where he was a founding member.
His acts of love to his family were constant and unending. An honorable gentleman throughout his life, Arthur will be especially remembered by all others who knew him for his courage, graciousness and the kindness he always exhibited to all he encountered.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; one daughter, Jeanne Fixel Wilson of Interlachen; two sons, Joe W. Fixel and wife Janet of Tallahassee, Arthur L. Fixel and wife Deborah of Nashville, Tennessee; six grandchildren, Sherry Winn Kitchens (Michael) of Gainesville, Irene Winn Willard (Andrew) of Hoboken, New Jersey, Carolyn Fixel Merritt (Keith) of Durham, North Carolina, William A Fixel (Sarah) of Tallahassee, Mary Catherine Fixel of New York, New York, and Hannah C. Fixel of New York, New York; five great-grandchildren, Avery Kitchens, Victoria Kitchens, Mary Ellis Merritt, William W. Merritt, and Raleigh Gail Fixel; and first cousin Robert G. Pollock of Dallas, Texas to whom he was especially close.
There will be a private service. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 18 between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the family residence, 318 East King Street, Quincy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gadsden Arts Center, 13 North Madison Street, Quincy, Florida.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 15 S. Jackson St., Quincy, FL, (850) 627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.