Raymond “Ray” Lee Nix, 71, of Fort Collins, Colorado, passed away May 23rd, 2022, at his home. He was born May 13th, 1951, to Donald Dallas Nix and Ida May Evans in Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was known by his family and close friends as "Bussy". He grew up in Wellington and attended Poudre High School. It was there that he met and fell in love with Deborah Christine Poole. The couple were married on July 13th, 1969, at the First Baptist Church in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Ray spent most of his life being self-employed working as a truck driver. He and his wife Deborah owned and operated Nix Transport Inc. for 25 years. He was also a member of the Teamster Union in the 1970’s.
In his free time, you could find Ray watching old westerns, in particular, he loved to watch Gun Smoke. He enjoyed fishing and camping with his family. He would make the biggest stack of firewood and made sure they were set with a campfire. He was also fond of his guns, and knives. He had the true heart of a patriot, and he loved his country. Ray worked tirelessly to provide for his family. His work ethic was unequaled, a trait that he firmly instilled in his children. Ray gave freely of what he had and would give anyone, anything. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed telling jokes and funny stories of his youth. Above all, he loved and cherished spending time with his loving wife of over 52 years, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his two K9 companions, Sophie and Missy, and countless more family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife Deborah Nix, his children Clifford Nix (Angela) of Fort Collins, CO, Cathy Dachel (Mike) of Arvada, CO, Scott Nix (Amanda) of Milliken, CO, and Adam Herning (Shannon) of Fort Collins, CO, his grandchildren; Presley Golden of Cheyenne, WY, Morgan Nix of Fort Collins, CO, Makenzi Schamel of AZ, Austin Dachel of Fort Collins, Co, Cody Richardson (Michaela) of Greeley, CO, Ray Windedahl of Loveland, CO, Dallas Nix, and Randy Nix, his great-grandchildren Lexi and Stephen, and his siblings Donald Nix Jr., and Wade Nix.
He is preceded in death by his parents Donald and May Nix, his siblings Jimmy Nix and Shelby Thimming, and his grandson Adam Richardson.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation in care of Adamson Life Celebration Home; 2000 W 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634.