Adam Nixson Scholarship Fund

$21,540 of $25k goal

Raised by 161 people in 15 months
Joel Davis  LIBERTY, MO
Adam Nixson was a loving father, faithful husband, favored son, and a friend to many. He was a joyous spirit with an infectious laugh and a strong, dependable character. Lauren Mae was the light of his life; they met 10 years ago by chance, and after years of blissful courting, wed in the summer of 2011.

Adam was an apprentice sheet metal worker in the Kansas City area and was showing great promise with the career he had chosen. He had a passion for live music, fishing, and hunting. Adam and his chocolate lab, Jack, were especially fond of duck hunting.

Just a few days after Christmas, tragedy struck when Adam and Jack went duck hunting - Adam did not return. He was an experienced hunter and was well versed in the safety precautions of the sport. In a heartbreaking turn of events, Adam was taken from us too soon.

At 29 years of age, Adam's life was just getting started. He was the father of two beautiful boys; three-year old James, and one-year old Miles. While the boys may be too young to remember their father, we want to show James and Miles just how much their father was, and will always be, loved and cherished. We believe establishing a scholarship fund will do just that, and serve as a reminder that Lauren and the boys are not left alone in this world. 

Please help us ensure these two beautiful boys can grow up to be as strong and dependable as their father. All donations received will fund future educational expenses for James and Miles. We are forever blessed for what Adam brought into our lives and are deeply thankful for your consideration in helping his sons, James & Miles.

Go Fund Me felt I should give everyone more information about who I am and what we’re doing. I suppose they’re right with as much online fraud that occurs today. Frankly, I don’t know everyone donating, so if more info on me will make folks more comfortable and help our cause then I’m in.

My name is Joel Davis, and I live in Liberty MO. Adam Nixson is my son-in-law. His wife Lauren is my daughter, their two boys, my grandchildren. We plan to divide the donations between the two boys and open a Missouri 529 or some other type of college fund. I will be soon talking to my CPA to discuss our options. Every little bit helps. Thank you again for your love, prayers and support. The response has been overwhelming.



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Update 5
Posted by Joel Davis
14 months ago
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Well, yesterday we had the memorial service for Adam. I was so overwhelmed by the number of people who came to witness our final goodbyes to him. Listening to the pastor read the letters written about Adam from his friends and family was heartbreaking, and at the same time joyous. Everyone remembered Adam as being a warm, kind and loving person with an infectious laugh that would brighten the room. I really enjoyed Phil's thoughts on Adam's life, and when he chuckled at the end, sounding just like Adam, the room all smiled and laughed too. That is exactly what Adam would have wanted.
When the memorial was finished and we all meandered toward the doors, I could see the pain, love and sadness on everyone's faces. But, we weren't done remembering Adam. We then proceeded to the hall for the Celebration of Life. What an amazing place to meet and share our memories and love of Adam. Big Iron Town with it's Rustic atmosphere fit Adam's personality perfectly. We ate a most appetizing meal and made toasts to Adam's life and legacy. And after the meal, Joel, Craig and Michael (The Hesitation Blues Band) played all of Adam's favorite songs, while we visited with each other and shared or memories and thoughts of Adam and his amazing life. It was such a wonderful celebration of Adam's incredible life and love.
I would like to thank Lauren, and Jim and Tami Nixson for putting together this amazing memorial for Adam. I truly believe he looked down upon this gathering for him, with all his friends and family who loved him so much, and smiled. I believe he will forever rest in peace knowing we will all be looking after Lauren and her boys. It was a farewell to a beautiful person both inside and out. We love you Adam, and will miss you always.

Take a moment to remember the life of Adam J. Nixson through the following video tribute.

https://www.facebook.com/stanleydickey.funeralhome/videos/10205670518982627/
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Update 4
Posted by Joel Davis
14 months ago
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Our hearts, already hurting, are now broken even further. After almost three weeks of searching. Adam Nixson, my son-in-law and very good friend, was found in the lake where he had died after an accident while duck hunting on December 28. Our families have suspected this from the beginning, but as we all do with loved ones missing, we held out hope that there was some explanation for all of this and he would re-enter our lives. We held out hope because Adam was a young 29 years old, big, strong, intelligent and experienced outdoorsman. He seemed invincible to us. We had all heard stories of how his waders had filled with freezing water before, and how he would simply walk up on the bank, stand up, remove the waders, pour the water out, put them back on and continue hunting. We held out hope because there were many stories of his outdoor adventures and they had all ended without incident. We held out hope because many days of his 29 years were spent outdoors doing what he loved to do, hunting. Yes, we all feared the worst, but because of who he was and how confident he made us feel in his strength, abilities and toughness we couldn’t give up hope. Not with someone like Adam Nixson, he was all man, with a heart the size of a basketball. You don’t easily give up on people like that.

He was a very special young man. The kind of son-in-law every father hopes his daughter will marry and start a family with. A loving husband and father to two beautiful boys. Watching Adam roll around on the floor wrestling with those boys and listing to all the laughter is something I’ll never forget. I’ll miss you Adam Nixson. I promise to you that as long as I’m able, I’ll tell those boys the stories I heard of your adventures. I'll tell them about your accomplishments. I’ll tell them how much you loved them and their mom. I'll tell them how very special you were.
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Update 3
Posted by Joel Davis
14 months ago
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Please everyone, don’t forget to share this post. There are a lot of folks out there who may be seeing the post for the first time and would like to help. Thank you to everyone and keep sharing!
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Update 2
Posted by Joel Davis
14 months ago
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Hello, I just got word from Go Fund Me that I should give everyone more information about who I am and what we’re doing. I suppose they’re right with as much online fraud that occurs today. Frankly, I don’t know everyone donating, so if more info about me will make folks more comfortable and help our cause then I’m in.
My name is Joel Davis, and I live in Liberty MO. Adam Nixson is my son-in-law. His wife Lauren, my daughter, their two boys, my grandchildren. We plan to divide the donations between the two boys and open a Missouri 529 or some other type of college fund. I will be soon talking to my CPA to discuss our options. Every little bit helps. Thank you again for your love, prayers and support. The response has been overwhelming.
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Vanessa M Johnson
14 months ago
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You all are in our prayers. We hope the best for you all and nothing but good news soon. God bless you all. From Bobby and Vanessa Johnson

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Connie Baldwin
14 months ago
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Joel, thanks for the updated information. Know there are a lot of people out there praying for your entire family. My son is Dean Baldwin, and I know Dean and Adam had some good times hunting together. As one parent to another, this is a parent's worst nightmare. I truly hope something good comes out of this. Dean and Sydney love your grandsons, and I think what you are doing is a wonderful tribute to their father. I know it has been an eye opener not only for my son as far as safety goes, but also his other hunting partners that have talked about how it could easily have been them. I think they will all be more careful from now on and get the proper safety gear so this doesn't happen again. My heart goes out to all of you.

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Will Haffecke
14 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are will you and your family Joel.

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$21,540 of $25k goal

Raised by 161 people in 15 months
Created December 30, 2015
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$50
Holley Bontrager
9 months ago
$2,500
Anonymous
12 months ago
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$100
Susan Hernandez
12 months ago

The Hernandez family. Adam was a good friend of our son, Bobby. We will hold him forever in our hearts. They had many good times fishing and playing baseball in Johnston, Iowa.

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$45
Abigail Oliver
12 months ago
$100
Anonymous
13 months ago
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$100
Lindsey Deaver
13 months ago
$50
Anonymous
13 months ago
$3,000
Kearney Ducks Unlimited
14 months ago
$100
Anonymous
14 months ago
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$10
Rick Carter
14 months ago
Vanessa M Johnson
14 months ago
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You all are in our prayers. We hope the best for you all and nothing but good news soon. God bless you all. From Bobby and Vanessa Johnson

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Connie Baldwin
14 months ago
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Joel, thanks for the updated information. Know there are a lot of people out there praying for your entire family. My son is Dean Baldwin, and I know Dean and Adam had some good times hunting together. As one parent to another, this is a parent's worst nightmare. I truly hope something good comes out of this. Dean and Sydney love your grandsons, and I think what you are doing is a wonderful tribute to their father. I know it has been an eye opener not only for my son as far as safety goes, but also his other hunting partners that have talked about how it could easily have been them. I think they will all be more careful from now on and get the proper safety gear so this doesn't happen again. My heart goes out to all of you.

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Will Haffecke
14 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are will you and your family Joel.

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