Harold Dean Hixson, 86, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at Avantara Salem in Salem, South Dakota.
A memorial service was Monday, March 1, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Interment will take place at a later date.
Harold Hixson was born on July 15, 1934, to Cyrus and Irene (Cozad) Hixson at home in Hills. He attended school in Hills, graduating in 1952. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1953. He attended training at the U.S. Naval Academy of San Diego and was stationed in Key West, Florida, assigned to the USS Quillback submarine, where he served for four years. He is a veteran of the Korean War. Harold studied electronics at Dunwoody College in Minneapolis for two years.
On Aug. 2, 1958, Harold married Dorothy Kindt in Valley Springs, South Dakota. In 1960 Harold started working for IBM in Sioux Falls. While with IBM, he transferred to Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1961 and to Marshall in 1980. In 1988 he retired from IBM and started working for Eastman Kodak in Sioux Falls. He retired at age 63.
Harold enjoyed camping, fishing, wood working, traveling, golfing and attending his grandchildren’s events. He volunteered for many church activities and was a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Hixson of Sioux Falls; four daughters, Kristi (Mark) St Aubin of Omaha, Nebraska, Kellie (Mark) Brewers of Marshall, Kim (Troy) Barber of Garretson, South Dakota, and Karol (Greg) Koopman of Sioux Falls; and 10 grandchildren, Kayla Queen, Lindsey Collins, Kyle St. Aubin, Luke Brewers, Kody St. Aubin, Taylor Hixson, Kolyn St. Aubin, Blake Barber, Alex Koopman and Mason Barber.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, Jennifer St. Aubin and Brock Barber.
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association, South Dakota Chapter.
Arrangements were provided by George Boom Funeral Home of Sioux Falls, www.georgeboom.com.