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Wayne State Student Rachel Leigh Dixon

Dies in Automobile Crash

[updated 3-18-2008]


Wayne State College student Rachel Leigh (Simon) Dixon, formerly of Wahoo, died March 17, 2008, as a result of an automobile accident near Norfolk, Nebraska. She was 22.


Rachel was born Dec. 10, 1985, in Fremont to Jerry and Lori (Roach) Simon. She grew up in Wahoo and graduated from Wahoo High School where she was an athletic standout. She was a four-time member of the All-State Softball Team and a three-time member of the All-State Basketball Team.

She married Moe Dixon on June 2, 2006, in Wahoo. Rachel expected to finish classes at Wayne State College in May to pursue a career in teaching and coaching. She was a member of the 2006-07 Wayne State basketball team. She planned to student teach in the fall at Lincoln Christian.


“Our hearts go out in sympathy to Rachel’s family and friends here at Wayne State,” said Dr. Richard Collings, president of Wayne State College. “It’s always difficult to lose a young person so full of promise.”

Rachel lived her life to glorify God, according to her family and friends, and was on the Leadership Team for Campus Crusade for Christ at Wayne State College and also sang in the CCC Worship Band.


Rachel adored her four nephews and looked forward to spending as much time with them as possible. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Mike Roach.


She is survived by her husband, Moe Dixon of Lincoln; stepson Tre Dixon of Lincoln; parents Jerry and Lori Simon of Wahoo; brothers and sisters-in-law Kristopher Simon of Wahoo, Jacob and Carol Simon of Wahoo, Joe and Liza Simon of Wahoo, Ben Simon of Wahoo; sister Bethany Simon of Wahoo; grandparents Jerry and Phyllis Simon of Ithaca, Bev Roach of Omaha; and nephews Myles, Anthony, Noah and Isaiah Simon.


Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. March 21 at the Wahoo High School Gymnasium. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the funeral home. Interment will be at Indian Mound Cemetery in Ithaca. Memorials are suggested to Family’s Choice.


Pruss-Nabity Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Friends can sign a digital guestbook at



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