Services for retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Van Hixson, who also served two years as adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, will be held Friday at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Hixson died Sunday. He was 68.

A veteran of World War II, Hixson retired in September 1982 after 44 years of military service. Prior to serving as adjutant general of the Utah National Guard from 1980-82, he served 13 years as an assistant adjutant general.Hixson entered the service in 1938 and was an Army Air Corps B-17 bomber pilot in Europe during World War II.

During his military career, Hixson was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross.

He is survived by his wife, Gae, and three sons, Lt. Col. Ryan Hixson, Maj. Scott Hixson and 1st Lt. Brett Hixson.