Warren A. Dixon was the second son born to Walter and Emma (Knoepp) Dixon on April 3rd, 1924 in Mitchell, SD. He died November 25th, 2012 at Avera Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls, SD with his cherished family. Warren graduated from Mitchell High School and went on to Iowa State College in Ames where he was pursuing courses towards a degree in Architectural Engineering when his studies were interrupted to serve as a naval officer during World War II. He served aboard the USS Ocklawaha in the Pacific theatre followed by 11 years in the Naval Reserve. He finished his education at the University of Nebraska and joined the firm of Walter J Dixon Architects in Mitchell, later known as Dixon and Brown. Some of the larger architectural projects he was a part of designing during his career included Mitchell Junior and Senior High Schools and Vo-Tech, extensive work for the Benedictine Sisters at Sacred Heart Hospital and Mount Marty College in Yankton, St. Mary’s Hospital campus in Pierre, the multi-use teaching facility at Northern State College and numerous small hospitals and churches throughout South Dakota.
Warren married Suzanne Robinson at First Congregational Church in Pierre, SD on September 3rd, 1949. They made their home in Mitchell and were blessed with four children. Warren designed or partially designed each of their homes. He and Suzanne bought one of the early motor homes in order to travel inexpensively. It was a converted step van and very compact for six people, but made it possible to make many memorable family trips. They enjoyed trips to the Black Hills to visit Suzanne's parents and traveled north and east as far as Quebec and New York.
In 1965, these trips came to an end when their kindergarten son, David’s sudden illness left him severely brain-injured. After much research and multiple trips across the country, it was determined that nothing more could be done for him and Warren and his wife provided his full-time loving care until they moved to Prince of Peace in April of 2011. David has been a great blessing to them and their family and they were still able to pursue full and active lives. In 1979, with business slow and some family in Colorado, Warren, Suzanne and David moved to Loveland. There he was employed by Muir and Associates Architects and designed many schools from Windsor to Denver. After retirement, they returned to South Dakota in 1992.
Warren was a member of the American Institute of Architects, the First Lutheran Church, the American Legion, a board member of the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce and the local handicapped board. He was a pilot, a champion golfer, a bowler and avid pheasant hunter. He had a great sense of humor and smile and a competitive spirit and he loved playing games of all kinds and following his favorite sports teams. Most of all he was a dedicated and loving father and husband, and a good friend.
Grateful for sharing the life of this kind and gentle man are his wife of 63 years, Suzanne, daughters Karen Olson (Chip) Northridge, CA and Barbara Rance (Frank) Sioux Falls, SD and sons Jeffrey Dixon, Northfield, MN and David Dixon, Sioux Falls, SD, grandchildren: Scott Nickoley (Amanda) Sherman Oaks, CA, Todd Nickoley, Carbondale, CO, Andrew Rance, St. Paul, MN, Molly Rance, Seoul, South Korea, Kevin Rance, Omaha, NE and step-grandchildren: Gina Paulas (Derek) Frankfort, IL and Derek Olson, St Paul MN in addition to three great-grandchildren: Damon, Donovan and Dylan Nickoley and three step-great-grandchildren: Paul English, Avery and Quincy Paulas. He is also survived by sisters-in-law: Sallie Dixon, Roanoke VA, Betty Dixon, Mitchell SD, Barbara Nelson (Gene) Yankton SD, brother-in-law, Will Robinson Rapid City SD, and several nieces and nephews. Warren was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Walt Jr., Bob and sister, Marilyn Baughan.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be given to the
Avera Prince of Peace Foundation/Building Fund.