Richard D. Hixson
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NORWICH: Richard D. Hixson, 81, of Norwich, passed away Tuesday evening, February 28, 2012, at Genesis Hospice, Zanesville.
He was born November 3, 1930, in Cambridge, a son of the late Ralph S. and Anna Allen Hixson. He attended the First United Methodist Church of Cambridge and the Christian Science Church of Zanesville.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served in Germany. He attended Muskingum College and The Ohio State University, and graduated from the Ohio Northern Univeristy College of Law.
Richard served in private practice, as Village Solicitor for New Concord, and was elected Muskingum County Court Judge. He was later elected Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Judge and served thirty years in that position. At the time of his election he was the youngest Common Pleas Court Judge in Ohio.
In retirement he continued to practice law and served as a visiting Common Pleas Court Judge in other Ohio counties. The Court and Goverment Services Building in Zanesville was named in his honor.
Judge Hixson was very involved in numerous community organizations, including: he was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge, a member of the John Glenn High School Hall of Fame, the Muskingum County Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, the Muskingum County Old Timers Association Hall of Fame, served twenty-five years as Babe Ruth Ohio State Tournament Director, and was a member and past president of the Zanesville Country Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Jayne Hixson, who died March 27, 2011.
He is survived by his daughter, Shawna L. Hixson of Buckeye Lake; two sons, Todd A. (Kathy) Hixson of Zanesville and Scott A. (Melissa) Hixson of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; and grandsons, Richard Daniel Hixson, Steven Edward Hixson, and Ethan Scott Hixson.
Friends may call Friday, March 2, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Mock-Miller Funeral Home, 63 West Main Street, New Concord. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the funeral home with Andy Hartsook officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Zanesville.
Published in the Times Recorder on Mar. 1, 2012