2012-09-13 / Obituaries

J. Burt Dixon

October 21, 1934 - September 7, 2012

Burt passed away the morning of Friday, September 7, 2012 at the St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.

Jesse Burton Dixon Jr. was born on October 21, 1934 in Houston, Texas to Jesse Burton Dixon Sr. & Elizabeth Pauline (Martin) Dixon. Burt served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and received his Honorable Discharge on July 5, 1956 having obtained the rank of Sergeant. He was united in marriage to Jo Ann Freytag on February 2, 1963 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, Texas.

Burt was retired from the United States Postal Service where he had been employed as a Postal Supervisor in Austin for several years before becoming the Postmaster of the Giddings Post Office in 1978. He retired as Postmaster in 1989. Following his retirement, Burt worked part time as the gas station attendant at Brookshire Brothers in Giddings. He was an active member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Giddings where he had served in many positions and offices. He was also a member of the Giddings American Legion Post 276, the Giddings Noon Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus Council 8085. Burt enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing poker and reading Louis Lamour novels. He tried to spend as much time as he could outdoors and always followed his grandchildren in their various sporting events.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse & Elizabeth Dixon; two sisters, Laura Lee Dixon and Jane Burger; sister-inlaw, Betsy Dixon and a brother-inlaw, Kenneth Freytag.

Burt is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jo Ann Dixon of Austin; two sons and daughters-in-law, John & Marlene Dixon of Abilene and Anthony “Tony” & Margie Dixon of Austin; four grandchildren, Tommy Richardson of Abilene, Taylor Marie Dixon of Abilene, Shelby Allana Dixon of Austin and Sydney Marie Dixon of Austin; brother, Bryan Dixon of Ft. Worth; sister, Margo & Billy Cooper of Houston; brother-inlaw, James & Caroline Freytag of Moulton; sister-in-law, Loretta Freytag of Flatonia, as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were Monday, September 10, 2012 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Giddings with Father James Olnhausen officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion Post 276, followed in the Giddings City Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Bill Cooper, Steve Jenkins, Kenny Freytag, Keith Freytag, Kirk Freytag, Gary Freytag and Jim Schwarzbach.

Memorials in Burt’s memory may be made to the American Legion Post 276, P.O. Box 303, Giddings, Texas 78942, St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 526 South Grimes, Giddings, Texas 78942 or the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department, 118 East Richmond Street, Giddings, Texas 78942.

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