Thompson, Lisa Aase Hixson


BIRTH 15 Jul 1887
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA

DEATH 9 Jun 1972 (aged 85)
Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, USA

Riverside Cemetery
Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota, USA


Lisa was born July 15, 1887 in Minneapolis Minnesota to Eling Aase and Unknown.

Lisa attended school in Minneapolis and graduated from South High School and then attended Teachers College in Winona MN. After graduating from college she taught for ten years, first in Minnesota and later in Gettysburg SD, where she met Robert Hixon.

During the WW 11 her two older sons entered the service and as there was a shortage of teachers, she again entered the teaching field. During the Korean war, the youngest son entered the service.

For fourteen years she was County Superintendent of Schools. After 25 years in educational work, she retired and continued to live in Gettysburg in the family home.

She married Robert Hixson April 16, 1918, they lived in Gettysburg SD, Harry Hixson died in 1956 and she married Paul Thompson of Mitchell SD in 1967 and they moved to Rapid City at that time.

This is the story told by the family in Lisa Hixson Thompson's obituary in the Gettysburg SD Newspaper.

Bill Hixson sent his family to higher ground and then went to the Thompson home in the Braeburn addition above Canyon Lake, where they watched the water in the creek behind the house. As the water kept rising they took somethings and with the Thompsons in the car drove two blocks when the car stalled. As Bill Hixson was helping his mother and stepfather into a house, the wall of water hit.

Bill Hixson saw his wife tumbling downstream in the flood and rushed to save her. He got his wife Phyllis onto a roof and watched the Thompson house disintegrate and go down stream.

The Thompson's disappeared and Lisa's body was found the next day, and Paul's body was found several days later. Lisa couldn't see well and her husband lost his legs, she told her friends in Gettysburg " that Paul was her eyes and she was his legs'.

Lisa was survived by a daughter Mrs George Cannon in Hadley in Massachusetts three sons: Don Hixon in New Carrollton Maryland, William Hixson in Rapid City and Robert Hixson in Bismarck ND. She was also survived by a brother Harold Aase in Gilbert MN. Lisa is also survived by a brother Harold Aase in Gilbert MN. Lisa and Paul were buried in buried in Riverside Cemetery Huron SD





“Thompson, Lisa Aase Hixson,” Flood of 1972, accessed August 11, 2022,