Robert E. Nixon, age 94
Robert E. Nixon passed away on Nov. 9, 2014. Bob was the eldest of seven children and is survived by Ruth Comm (Walt) and Alice Proeller. Following WWII service in the United States Army Air Forces, he and wife Eleanor moved to Santa Rosa to start Custom Upholstery, and later to Kenwood where they enjoyed the beauty of the Valley of the Moon and a close community of friends. In developing their hillside property, Bob designed their home and helped establish the Lawndale Mutual Water Company.
Upon retirement he pursued creativity and love of nature through photography. Bob and Eleanor traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada in a camper trailer, with Bob looking for the exact right lighting and angle to get that perfect shot, which he often did. He was partial to landscapes and other natural environments, as well as interesting buildings and churches. Bob also enjoyed taking professional quality photographs for neighborhood families.
He was an active member of the Arts Guild of Sonoma, Sonoma County Art Trails, and exhibited his photography in galleries for over 40 years. His mother, an artist and teacher, inspired his appreciation for the environment at an early age. Photographers such as Ansel Adams influenced his technique.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Eleanor (71 years); daughters Suzanne Guyton and Debra Rogers (Rick).
A celebration of life is planned at the Kenwood Community Church on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. Donations in his memory may be given to the Kenwood Church Memorial Garden or a charity of your choice.