Thaxton, Nicholas

Nicholas Philip Thaxton, age of 34 of Gaylord, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Nick was born in Gaylord on December 6, 1983 to Edward and Corazon (Fuentes) Thaxton. The youngest of eleven children, he grew up with a deep love and appreciation for his family and friends. Nick was absolutely a selfless free spirit, and he loved the outdoors—hiking and camping, especially. In his youth, he enjoyed playing soccer and hockey and continued to enjoy the sports years later. Nick loved to go on spontaneous road trips and concerts, and he had a passion for his guitar and for music… and the occasional cheap beer. He was also very committed to his job as a computer tech at Otsego Memorial Hospital. Above all, though, Nick loved his children, and they were always number one in his life.

Nick is survived by his children, Nicholas Landen, Bryton Ward, and Lydia Valerie-Ann; parents Edward and Corazon Thaxton; siblings Gary, Colleen, Timothy, Tamera, Daniel, Patrick, Rita, Elissa, Edward, Jr., and Christopher; uncle Bill and aunt Dewell; dear friends Amy and Ryan Bradfield, Ben and Jessica Rau, and Carolyn and Romeo Buclay; and his beloved dog, Oscar.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Cathedral on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held Thursday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

Donations in Nick’s memory may be made to his children (checks payable to Cora Thaxton). Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Visitation and Service

St Mary Cathedral

606 N. Ohio Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735-1999

Burial

Resurrection Cemetery

121 Winters Rd.
Gaylord, MI 49735

76 Comments

  1. Corinne Abel February 5, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora, So sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Christine Hopp February 5, 2018 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences to Ed and Cora in the passing of their beloved son, Nick. He was a wonderful guy who I had the pleasure of knowing. May he rest in peace with our loving God in the kingdom of Heaven. Prayers for the family! ✝️🙏🏻

  3. Marlene Peterson February 5, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora so sorry to hear about your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Marlene Peterson

  4. Bruce and Jackie Smith February 5, 2018 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Cora and Ed,
    We are so sorry to hear about Nick. Our prayers are with you and his family.

  5. Corinne Abel February 5, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora, so sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Brenda Bonamie February 5, 2018 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear this. Such a nice sweet guy!

  7. Brenda Bonamie February 5, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear this. Prayers for all who knew and loved him.

  8. Julie Guthre February 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora, I am so sorry to hear about Nick. He worked on my computer and did an awesome job and I would pass him in the hall at OMH. (I work at McReynolds) and he would always have a smile on his face. I was devastated today when I heard. My prayers go out to you and your family. He will be greatly missed at OMH and by me.

  9. Ann Francis Ledwick February 5, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora, So sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. Keeping you and the family in my prayers.

  10. Bill and Mary Ann Skibinski February 5, 2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora, we are so very sorry about the loss of your son, Nick, please know that you are all in our prayers.

  11. Judy Soderquist February 5, 2018 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora, there are no words to say at this time. Sending my deepest sympathy. Remembering you and Nick in prayer!
    Judy Soderquist

  12. Dedra Lake February 5, 2018 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora,
    George and I are saddened to hear of Nick’s passing. It was always a pleasure to have him hang around with our boys when they were young. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

    George and Dedra

  13. Geri koscielniak February 5, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Cora and Ed, I m so sorry to hear about Nick’s passing. You are truly in my thoughts and prayers. We will always have our special Nicks in our hearts. Peace. Geri

  14. Tina Bergman February 5, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family and Nick’s children. Nick went to high school with my son, and worked at OMH with me. His smile and sweetness will be sorely missed by everyone he knew. I know he is in God’s grace now and will watch over his kids and his parents.

  15. Diane Suttles February 5, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family and Nick’s loved ones, as well as his OMH family. Nick was always helping others with a smile. He will be truly missed.

  16. Sharon Smith February 5, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Dear Cora,

    I am so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. It is so hard when a child goes before us! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

    Sharon Smith

  17. Bob & Sue Blasius February 5, 2018 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Cora and Ed
    So sorry to hear about the loss of Nick. Our thoughts and prayers are for you both, and your family.

  18. Linda Eastwood February 6, 2018 at 12:24 am - Reply

    I remember when Nick was a little boy and used to be down in xray playing with his cars. He was a very nice young man. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  19. Brian and Tami Techel February 6, 2018 at 12:36 am - Reply

    I am so sorry Ed and Cora. Our heart and prayers are with you guys. We love you. Let us know if we can do anything at all.

  20. Kay Skop February 6, 2018 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Cora and Ed so sorry to hear about Nick, he was a great young man. My prayers are with you and his family

  21. Mike and Connie Zaborowski February 6, 2018 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Ed and Cora
    We extend our deepest sympathy to you both and your families. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. May God comfort you as you face this tremendous loss. God bless you.
    Connie & Mike Zaborowski

  22. Heather Cleveland February 6, 2018 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Nick was a wonderful person to be around always with a smile! Handsome, funny and smart he left this world way too soon. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  23. Mary Lee Butcher February 6, 2018 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Cora and Ed
    You are in my thoughts and prayers
    Nick will be missed by many

  24. Pam Nemeth February 6, 2018 at 1:42 am - Reply

    I know losing a child is the worst thing that can happen. My thoughts are with you Cora and Ed, I am so sorry.

  25. Darcy Lewis February 6, 2018 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Cora and Ed,
    I’m so sorry to hear this very sad news. Prayers for you and the kids.

  26. Alisa Calamari February 6, 2018 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Dear Ed and Cora, I’m so very sorry. Sending you both hugs!

    Alisa Calamari

  27. Frank & Darlene Stroyan February 6, 2018 at 2:37 am - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear of Nicks passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family as well as the OMH family. Nick was always pleasant & helpful, smile on his face. He will be missed by many.

  28. Trina Snow February 6, 2018 at 2:45 am - Reply

    I am so saddened to hear that Nick passed so unexpectedly. He was such a wonderful person who had the kindest of hearts and compassion for everyone. He always had a friendly smile and we would say hello when passing at the hospital. He will be very missed!

  29. Cindy Elam February 6, 2018 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Ed and Cora,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  30. Henry and Mary Mason February 6, 2018 at 2:50 am - Reply

    So very sorry for your loss Ed and Cora. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May Our Dear Lord wrap you in His love, and Our Blessed Mother comfort you.

  31. Kim Coffell February 6, 2018 at 3:05 am - Reply

    My deepest condolences to both Ed and Cora and Nicks family both in and out of work..
    He was such a sweet and helpful guy… He will deeply be missed….

  32. Connie bisson February 6, 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Cora, Ed and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. We will surely miss him and his talents.

  33. Carol Kinsey Tranchida February 6, 2018 at 11:45 am - Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss Cora & Ed💔 Nick was a GREAT guy who will be extremely missed throughout our OMH family.He had a heart of gold and a infectious smile! My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

  34. Ruth Coons February 6, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Nick was a joy to know. He will be greatly missed by his
    OMH family.

  35. Philip & Dorothy Ann Smith February 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora, we were so sorry to hear of your son Nicks passing. You and your family are in our prayers. Phil & Annie Smith

  36. Nancy forcier Stuart Fl February 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Dear Ed and Cora, May God bless you and give you strength at this very sad time. You are in my prayers. Nancy Forcier –Stuart Fl.

  37. Mary Ellen Tholl February 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Dear Cora and Ed sorry to learn about Nick. Toni will be welcoming him in heaven. love and prayers Bill and Mary Ellen Tholl.

  38. Doris Homol-Koenig & Family February 6, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    The Thaxton Family,
    We are sorry for the loss of Nick and we will pray for his soul. May god bless you all with strength and perseverance through this difficult time.

  39. Mary Ellen Tholl February 6, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Dear Cora and Ed, Toni will be welcoming Nicholas into heaven. Our love and prayers, Mary Ellen and Bill Tholl.

  40. Baarbara Noirot February 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Dear Ed, Cora and Family, We are so sorry to hear such sad news about Nick. With thoughts and prayers, Robert & Barbara Noirot

  41. Sherri O'Neil February 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora,

    I am so sorry to hear about Nick. I still remember him and Joel playing together as young boys. He was such a nice boy and grew into a happy guy! Always amiling when I saw him. May you find comfort in your memories.

    Sherri O’Neil (Quay)

  42. Wendy Stock, OMH Laboratory February 6, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    The Laboratory staff at Otsego Memorial would like to extend our sincere condolences to Nick’s family and friends. He always had a smile and was such a help when we needed it with our IT equipment. Several staff members remember Nick since his childhood. He will be greatly missed. Wishing you blessings and peace.

  43. Carrie Cruz February 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Cora & Ed, I am so sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Carrie

  44. Krista Dorr February 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Cora and Ed,
    I am saddened and so sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of Nick’s kindness and laughter at OMH (Radiology and IT). Thinking of you both and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember Nick.
    Krista

  45. Kathy Avenall February 6, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Dear Cora and Ed: I’m so very sorry for both of you as well as Nick’s children, family, friends and OMH co-workers. I got to know Nick as he was our SMILING ~IT~ man here at OMH. Going to miss him and I realize how difficult this will be. Keep those great memories you’ve had in your heart and may that bring you peace! Big Sympathy Hugs. Your alpha/Adoration friend Kathy & Terry Avenall

  46. MeLissa G Olson February 6, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Cora and Ed —

    As I read through the messages, I know one thing for sure … Nick made a mark! He mattered and he will be missed. This means that you have done an excellent job – raising an amazing man.

    Now love is going to take you on the journey that is grief. This journey has no map and is yours alone, there is no end to the journey, but love will be with you all along the journey … let it be your guide and don’t be afraid to let love flow down your cheeks or out your mouth as you laugh as you remember a silly memory. Love is a good guide. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    MeLissa (Head) Olson (Debi’s sister)

  47. Mary Weitzel February 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Sending prayers and good thoughts.

  48. Mary & Chet February 6, 2018 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Such a great guy and good friend to our Amy & Ryan Bradfield. Always helping Ryan with crazy projects and the kids activities. Cora and Ed, you should be so proud of the young man he became. We are all going to miss him and our hearts are aching for your loss. Love from Chet and Mary Szymanski

  49. Marlene Hinchliffe February 6, 2018 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    So very sorry for your loss. Nick was a wonderful young man. He will be missed.

  50. Geri and Dave Ellison February 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Dear Cora and Ed, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you both and Nick’s family during this difficult time. May you remember all the good things about Nick and keep them close to you. Geri and Dave Ellison

  51. Les & Flo Dowker February 6, 2018 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    So sorry for you loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  52. Patty Bonner February 6, 2018 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    I am so very sorry to hear of Nick’s death. I will keep his family/friends all very close to my heart! I will miss working with him at OMH. He was a great guy, who will forever be in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.❤️😇❤️

  53. Linda (felsner) Stuebben February 7, 2018 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Dear Cora & Ed, I was so sorry to hear of Nicks passing. He was an amazing young man, who we will all miss very much. Sending my thoughts & prayers, to you & your family & his children. Cora, if there is anything I can do, please let me know. Linda

  54. Trisha Donakowski-OMH Radiology February 7, 2018 at 1:30 am - Reply

    To all of those whose lives Nick touched, especially his close family, friends, and those beautiful children, may God bless you and help to heal the hole in which his death leaves. I will always remember that huge smile and Nicks ability to fix all of my computer issues at OMH. He truly will be missed and never forgotten.

  55. Randy Simeck February 7, 2018 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Dear Thaxton family, I had the privilege of working with Nick in Ski Rental at Treetops and he would frequent the Village Market where I worked. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I will miss seeing him at the store.

  56. Lori Gonzalez February 7, 2018 at 2:19 am - Reply

    My heart and sympathies go out to you, Ed and Cora, and to his three beautiful children, at this very difficult time. I work at OMH as well, for over 12 years, and there was never a time Nick didn’t have a smile or a friendly word. He made such an impact on so many peoples lives, cherish those memories. We are all Blessed to have known him and we are all the better for it. Prayers for you all.🙏🏻

  57. Dee Gutowski-Smith February 7, 2018 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Cora, Ed, Nicks family and friends, Such sad news. I hope and I pray you all find peace, comfort and healing. Dee Gutowski-Smith.

  58. Renee Cummins February 7, 2018 at 2:48 am - Reply

    Dearest Cora and Ed,

    I remember when Nick started working at OMH. He was a beautiful soul who was cheerful, helpful, kind, and full of motivation to do good and be more. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family in this time of grief.

    Renee Cummins

  59. Emma Huffman February 7, 2018 at 2:53 am - Reply

    Nick was the best stepdad there could be, he was always there for us kids even when we were mean to him. He loved all of his kids even if we weren’t his biological child. He cared for us, I loved him so much. I really don’t know what I’m going to do with out him in this world. Rest In Peace dad ❤️😭💔

  60. Kyle Shelly February 7, 2018 at 4:26 am - Reply

    I hope you are finally at peace bro. My deepest condolences go to his parents and his children. Now you guys have a angel.

  61. Larry Blasius February 7, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Cora and Ed We are very sorry to hear the news about Nick’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The Blasius family

  62. Donna Chandler February 7, 2018 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Dear Thaxton family,
    I have had the privilege of working with Nick for the last 10 years at OMH in Radiology and I.T. He was my on-call partner in Radiology, and my go-to guy in I.T. He was always there for everyone with a smile and helping hand. We all miss him so much already. OMH has been a very somber place this week, full of hugs and tears. I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is broken thinking of his entire family.

  63. Jennifer Vogel February 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora
    No words can express my sympathy to your family. Nick will always be remembered as such a kind person and like others have mentioned That SMILE I will never forget .I enjoyed working with Nick through the years. This is truly a sadness for all.

  64. Mike and Lucy Mang February 7, 2018 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Dear Cora and Ed,
    We wish you our deepest condolences. May Our Lord wrap you in His arms and comfort you. Our prayers are with you.

  65. Kathi Kelly February 7, 2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Cora, you and your family, and all whose lives were touched by Nick, are in my prayers. Please know that I have dedicated my Adoration Hour for all of you. God’s Peace be with you.

  66. Art Cantu Jr February 8, 2018 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Mr. and Mrs. Thaxton,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Nick was a great friend to me and many, many others as well. I will plan a trip from Texas to pay my respects. The kids lost a great father.

    Art Cantu Jr.

  67. Amy & Andy Mousseau February 8, 2018 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Ed & Cora,
    Our deepest condolences to you in this time of grieving. Nick was always such a kind person and the world lost a bright light with his passing. He will definitely be watching over you guys and we will be keeping you in our prayers.
    Amy & Andy Mousseau

  68. DiAnne & Wayne Thomas February 8, 2018 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Cora, Ed, family, Nick’s kids and friends, just learned of Nick’s passing. There are no words, children should not die before their parents, but they do. That is the most horrific thing that could and can happen to any parent. I remember his smiling face from when I worked at OMH and I can see from all the posts he was very loved, will be missed by many and never forgotten. May God tightly wrap his arms around all who his short life touched and help you relive all the wonderful days and moments shared with Nick, giving you some peace (and maybe even a smiling memory) during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days, months and years ahead. God bless.

  69. Patricia Bordner February 8, 2018 at 4:10 am - Reply

    Dear Cora and Ed, I am so sorry about Nick. You are in my prayers. Love you guys, wish I could be with you at this time. Miss and love you both.Pat B.

  70. Karen May February 8, 2018 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Dear Ed and Cora,
    I am sorry to hear the news of Nick’s passing. I remember him coming to the radiology department when he was a young child. He always had a smile on his face and so good at fixing my computer at work. The OMH family will miss him. May God bless you and your family and give you strength. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  71. Karen Norwick /Baker / OMH February 8, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Dear Cora, Ed and The Thaxton Family… I send my deepest sympathies to each and everyone of you…May God’s LOVE Grant you peace during this time of grief, loss and pain… Nick was such a wonderful, polite, helpful young man… ALWAYS there to help ANYONE and everyone even if it wasn’t computer related….I will definitely miss seeing him in the halls at OMH… & stopping in the cafe’ to grab something to drink… or when he brought the children in for a bite to eat…I saw the deep LOVE he had for his children ….He will be DEEPLY missed by ALL OF HIS OMH FAMILY ❤❤❤

  72. Rita Sitkiewicz February 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Dear Cora, my deepest sympathy on your loss, my prayers are with you and your family.

  73. Donna Cross February 8, 2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Cora, I was very sorry to hear about Nick. My condolences and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  74. Laura Simcek February 8, 2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Dear Cora Ed an Family .. your son was an amazing guy .. we had many chats while working around him.. We talked about family, his kids and his love of camping. He told me if there’s any place he’d ratber be, it would be out in his hammock by a river listening to the outdoors. As I remember Nick, I will be thinking he’s in that favorite spot by a river in his hammock in the great outdoors ..

  75. Nadine Lewis February 10, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Nick’s passing, he went to school with my son Brad. Prayers for you during this difficult time.

  76. Pamella / James Bordner February 10, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Ed and Cora, so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

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