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Legion Riders give formal sendoff for former Commander Larry Nixon

August 15, 2018
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

The casket of former American Legion Post #136 Commander Larry Nixon was recently escorted by American Legion Riders from Hodges Funeral Home in Fort Myers to Southwest Florida International Airport.

Nixon passed away Saturday, July 28. He was originally from Long Beach Island, New Jersey, and served as fire chief of the Wrightstown Volunteer Fire Company for 35 years before moving to Southwest Florida. From 1962 to 1966, Nixon served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a member of the American Legion for more than 30 years and commander of Post 136 from 2015-2016.

"There were 19 riders there to send Larry off," former Legion Post #136 Commander Tom Lewis said. "The District 13 commander, Peter Rabczewski, was called and less than 24 hours later the ride was scheduled. Our Riders are the best and are always ready to honor any veteran. Larry was a retired fire chief and a great friend of the American Legion and we wanted to give him a good and honorable sendoff."

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The American Legion Riders from Post #136 on Pine Island recently escorted the casket of former Post Commander Larry Nixon from Hodges Funeral Home in Fort Myers to Southwest Florida International Airport.

During the recent installation ceremony for the 2018-19 Legion officers, a moment of silence for the post's former commander.

 
 

 

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