Michael Duane Dixon, 57, of Arkansas City, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, while in Hospice care at his residence after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
A Celebration of Life memorial service is at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the Epiphany Episcopal Church, Fourth Street and Main Street, in Independence. Burial is at 3 p.m. at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for the education expenses of Michael’s children, Kobe and Kyler Dixon. Donations can be made through RCB Bank in Arkansas City.
Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.
Michael was born on June 6, 1962 in Independence to Gary Lee Tallman and Lois Leann Dixon. He attended Independence High School and graduated in 1980. He then joined the U.S. Navy, where he served 13 1/2 years, including three tours by ship during the Gulf War. After the Navy, he moved to Arkansas City and earned his Criminal Justice degree. He transferred to the Army National Guard in Kansas, then to California. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003-05, then retired. He served his country proudly.
He married June Williams on June 15, 1980, in Jacksonville, Fla. They had a son, Michael Kutz, and later divorced.
He married Lori Whitford, of Arkansas City, on May 25, 1996. They had four children, Hannah, Kobe, Kaleb and Kyler, and later divorced.
Michael worked different places through the years as a security guard. Anyone who knew Michael knew he had a passion for football and loved his Kansas City Chiefs, whom he watched faithfully.
He was preceded in death by his biological father, Gary Lee Tallman, and stepfather, Kenneth Dixon; his grandparents, Bob and Anne Tallman, and Harry and Almeta Turner; his aunt, Linda Storey, and his niece, Gabrielle Nicole Neary
Michael is survived by his former wife/caregiver/friend, Lori Whitford, of Arkansas City; son, Mike Kutz, of Jacksonville Fla.; daughter/caregiver, Hannah Dixon, of Arkansas City, son, Kobe Dixon, of Emporia, son/caregiver, Kaleb Dixon, of Arkansas City; and son/caregiver, Kyler Dixon, of Emporia; stepsons, Keth Barnes, of Ozark, Mo., and Kurtis Whitford, of Winfield; granddaughter, Hope Kutz, of Jacksonville, Fla.; his biological mother, Lois Leann (Turner) Dixon, of Lawrence; his stepmother, Norma Tallman, of Howard; sister, Christine Repp and husband, Dan, of Howard; brother, Bill Neary, of Tampa, Fla.; sister, Linda Hopkins and husband, Mark, of Lebo; brother, Shawn Neary and wife, Leann, of Neodesha; brother, John Dixon and wife, Tiffany, of Lawrence; several nieces and nephews, Jessica Thompson, Stephanie Thompson, Chelsea Belsan and husband, Joe, Alex Madron, Zach Madron and wife, Chantell, Shana Jager, Sydney Neibolt, Shawn Neary, Ethen Neary, Madison Dixon, and Owen Dixon; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins.