Father of Missouri Gov. Nixon dies at 90

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Governor Jay Nixon.

ST. LOUIS (AP)- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is mourning the death of his 90-year-old father.

The Democratic governor said in a statement Friday that Jeremiah “Jerry” Nixon died of natural causes while surrounded by his family at his St. Louis home.

Jerry Nixon was a World War II and Korean War veteran who later served as an assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County before establishing his own law practice in Hillsboro. He also served as De Soto mayor and as a municipal judge.

Gov. Nixon remembers his dad as a driven, “larger-than-life figure who cherished his family, served his country, and loved the outdoors.”

Other survivors include Jerry Nixon’s wife of 32 years and two other children.

Funeral services are pending.