He was born Aug. 29, 1938, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, a son of the late Clarence Dean and Elizabeth (Hootman) Hawkins. He spent his formative years in New Philadelphia.
On Oct. 12, 1961, he entered the U.S. Army. He became a heavy equipment operator and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
On Jan. 26, 1968, he was united in marriage to Marta V. Stephens. They made their home in Pierceton, Ind., for two years, then Plymouth, Ind., for three years, and then Port Washington, Ohio, before moving to rural South Whitley in 1979.
He began his work career as a heavy equipment operator. After moving to South Whitley, he was the owner and operator of R&M Welding and operated his own trucking company.
He was an avid sprint car racing fan sponsoring drivers and teams over the years. He enjoyed following the sprint car circuit in his RV. He also enjoyed traveling with his family.
He was a former member of the VFW Post, North Manchester, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Cleveland Township Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Connie (Daniel Clifford) Hawkins, Larwill, Ind.; Karen A. Hawkins, Columbia City, Ind.; a grandson: Clifford R. Hawkins; and two sisters: Barbara A. (William) Ellwood, New Philadelphia; and Judy E. Cochran.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the funeral home with Reverend James Clifford officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Township Fire Department.