Bill Wix

[5 MAY 1933 - F2 - 20219 - 31 OCT 1999]

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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Bill Wix
[c1997]



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Frank's Sister - Hilbert - Mary O'Brien - Rumsey - Lenio - Welter - Strati - Fralen - Wix - Roades - Masson [Frank O'Brien's Funeral - 1987]



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[15th Reunion - 1970]

Row 8: Auer - McNair - Street - Wix - Row 7: Horst - Paul Parks - ? - Dugan - Grubbs - Domeck - Bliss - Row 6: Howie Stone - Newton - Booras - Strom - McDonald - Row 5: Fikaris - Schick - Gallup - Cardillo - Wheeler - Masson - Row 4: Katenbrink - Spellman - Joseph - ? - Schlotter - Row 3: Bergen - Fralen - ? - Andrews - Dunaway - Bob Johnson - Jim Ryan - Row 2: Bean - Strati - Soper - Jeter - Wiegand - Lenio - Price - Row 1: Prater - Thorsen - Meisenheimer - Reid - Zaborowski - Feagin - Joe Franklin

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[10th Reunion - 1965]

Standing [L to R]: Weaver - Lewis - Turner - Chikalla - Gallup - O'Brien - Freed - Hadly - Wix - ? - Streett - ? - Reb Young - Quinn - Lenio - ? - Perkins - Thorsen - ? - Nieves - Sherman - Burroughs - Giza - Traut - Sloan - Gay - Paul Parks - Andrews - Ginter - Bates - McNair - ? - Lichtenberg - Nidever - Secord - Feagin - Cathey - Herren - ? - ? - Ludwig - ? - ? - ? - Ralls - ? - Shimunek - Macdonald - ? - ? - ? - ? - ? - Bob Strickland - Front [L to R]: Soper - Newton - Dax - Chance - Schmidt - Shideler - Bergen - Matteson - Hargrove - Hornbarger - Steakley - Stevens - Drummond - Rudzki - Knierem - Wargowsky - ? - Stern - ? - ? - Livesay - Dickson - Michalove - Hagan - Landers - ? - Blitch - ? - Cardillo - Ordway - Trobaugh - Crancer - Maus - LaFrenz - Sydenham - Strom - ? - Howie Stone - Schepps - Raymond - Spellman - Sanderson ? - Wray - Fikaris - Stevenson - Sims - ?

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F-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Rumsey - Goodwin - O'Brien - Al Edwards - Masson - Worden - 2nd Row: Dorough - Symonds - Hilbert - Welter - Lenio - Cummings - 3rd Row: Wolfe (CO) - Sparks - Matuszak - Wix - 4th Row: Bruce MacDonald - Beoddy - Staffen



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Front row: Col. Fraser - Dulk - Bossert - Smetana - Straus - Fikaris - Gilpatrick - Cathey - Jacobs - Maj. McCanna - 2nd row: Donald - Raymond - Garn - Bates - Dorward - Eddins - Wix - 3rd Row: Fetko - Lovell - Ginter - Karam - Geran - Hergenroder - Ludwig - Rock - Rich Miller [1954 Firstie Trip]



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William Mervin Wix

William Mervin Wix was born on 5 May 1933 in Harirngton, Delaware. He was appointed to West Point by US Senator Williams of Delaware and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company F2, played soccer for four years and was a Cadet Lieutenant and platoon leader his first class year. He graduated on 7 Jun 1955 and was commissioned in the US Army in the Signal Corps.


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Classmates, I regret to report to you that Bill Wix died this morning, after a battle of a year and a half with cancer that started as lung cancer. He was with Rebecca and the children at his death in Memphis, TN. Very preliminarily, services at WP might be on Friday, Nov. 5th. Subject to the family's wishes in the matter, I will post arrangements as they become final. Should you need it, my better email address is dwheeler@whi-inc.com.

Dave Wheeler
31 OCT 1999


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Hello to all of Bill's classmates:

Thanks to each and every one of you for your thoughts, prayers and concerns over the past 14 months as Bill has been dealing with his lung cancer. He went to the Father peacefully Sunday morning at 9:35. He fought a valiant fight, and as I told him last week, he really DID win the fight, because he's not hurting at all any more.

Again, thanks to all of you for your support to both Bill and me during this most trying time in our lives. He was loved by so many people, and that has helped us tremendously through it.

We love you,
Rebecca
2 NOV 1999


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William Mervin Wix

USMA Class of 1955. Cullum No. 20219.

William Mervin Wix was born in Harrington, Delaware, the son of Robert James and Virginia Pearson Wix. In 1951, he graduated from Harrington High School. At graduation in 1955, he entered the Signal Corps, serving for 28 years with tours of duty that included Korea; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Germany; Fort Leavenworth in Kansas; Headquarters Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, 1966 to 1967 and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon during 1967 to 1969.

For his first assignment after branch school, he served with the 8th Infantry Division that relocated as a unit to Goeppingen, Germany in 1956. His longest tours were two stays at West Point in the Department of Social Sciences, as assistant professor during 1961 to 1965 and professor during 1969 1980. While preparing to teach, he earned a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science in 1961.

During his second tour, he earned a doctorate from Columbia University in political science in 1976. He supervised the core course in American Politics and the related political science electives. He also served as the assistant Army soccer coach under Joe Palone, as the team’s officer representative; was the director of Debate for West Point and was active as a soccer referee. The Wix residence at West Point was known as the Delaware Inn, because of the cadets from Delaware sponsored by the family.

During his Army career, he received the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Office of Defense Identification Badge.

In 1980 he retired with the rank of Colonel from the United States Army. His civilian career was with International Paper in New York. He served as Director of Corporate Education, Director of Human Resources for pulp and paper and Director of Staff Employee Relations. In 1987 he moved to Memphis, Tennessee with International and retired in 1993. Next, he formed Wix and Associates, an executive assessment and development business. He worked in the Meeman Center for Continuing Studies at Rhodes College for three years.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis and the First United Methodist Church of Heber Springs, Arkansas. In July 1998, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Survivors included his wife; two daughters and one son from his first marriage; two grandchildren; two sons-in-law and his former wife.

Source: United States Military Academy Association of Graduates memorial.

Birth: May 5, 1933
Harrington
Kent County
Delaware, USA

Death: Oct. 31, 1999
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

Family links:
Parents:
Robert James Wix (1898 - 1983)
Virginia Pearson Wix (1903 - ____)

Burial:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA
Plot: Section XXVII, Row AA, Site 14.


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Tom Wix asked me to notify the many Classmates and ladies who were friends of the Wix's, of Mary Ellen’s death Thursday night, November 29, 2012. Tom is now in Delaware making final arrangements, which will be passed on when complete. Please pass the word to non-’55 folks whom you know were friends, especially those in the Dept. of Social Sciences at WP.

In sadness,

Dave Wheeler ‘55
1 December 2012


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Mary Ellen Thomas Wix



Mary Ellen Thomas Wix, 79, a resident of Milford for over 25 years, passed away on November 30, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.

Born and raised in Harrington, DE, Mary Ellen graduated from Harrington High School in 1951. She graduated from Delaware Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1954. She started and ended her nursing career in Milford, DE. She married the late William M. Wix in 1955. A devoted military wife and mother of three children, she was a member of the Officers Wives Club, served as a Girl Scout leader and homeroom booster mother, and taught sewing classes. She loved needlework and crafts, overseeing the cross stitching of the kneelers at the West Point Chapel. Her home was always known as the “Delaware Inn”, as all were always welcome there.

In 1987, Mary Ellen returned home to her beloved Delaware. She had diverse and multiple talents, touched many lives with her compassionate care during an outstanding nursing career, and was a small-business owner of several needlepoint and consignment shops. She was a member of the Harrington High School and Delaware Hospital Nursing Alumni Associations and national needlework guild. She especially enjoyed her numerous years working as a nurse at the Delaware State Fair First Aid Station. Throughout her life, Mary Ellen was blessed with devoted classmates and special friends.

Mary Ellen is survived by three children, Cindy Wix Ingling and husband Rich, of Henderson, NV; Linda McGonagle and husband Steff, of Genoa, NY; and Tom Wix and wife Laura, of Alpharetta, GA; by one sister, Jeanie Thomas DeLeo and husband Jim of Dover, DE; two grandchildren, Leigh McGonagle, of Falmouth, MA; and Evan McGonagle, of Buffalo, NY; three nieces and one nephew, Michelle Bowers and husband Jimmy, of Townsend, DE; Greg Smith and wife Debbie, of Harrington, DE; Wendy LeBorgne and husband Ed and their two children, of Cincinnati, OH; and Alison DeLeo of Washington, DC; and her loyal cat Holly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. William M. Wix (ret.), and her parents, William Earl and Hattie Stevenson Thomas.

Viewing will be held on Monday, December 3, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at McKnatt, Carpenter & Baker Funeral Home at 50 W. Commerce Street in Harrington, DE. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 beginning at 10:00 am followed by a celebration of life service at 11:00 am at Asbury United Methodist Church at 200 Weiner Avenue in Harrington, DE. Graveside services will take place at Hollywood Cemetery in Harrington, DE. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Asbury United Methodist Church or a charity of your designation.


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