|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1919|
|Death: ||May 2, 2011|
Salt Lake County
Robert Kay (Bob) Hawkins II, ninety-two years old, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2011 of causes incident to age. He resided at 1426 East 4200 South in Millcreek Township, Utah at the time of his death.
Bob was born January 22, 1919 in St. Joseph, MO to Pearl Bessie Rippy and Robert Kay Hawkins. Bob was the youngest of three children and preceded in death by his wife, Beth, and sisters Garland and Bonnie.
He married the buxom babe from Brigham City, Beth Ada Nelson, on June 2, 1942 in Las Vegas, NV. In June of 1984, their marriage was beautifully solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Bob and Beth are the parents of Dana Doreen (Clyde) Scott, Deborah Colleen (Gary) Mitchell, Robert Kay (Susan) Hawkins III, and Toby Nelson (Jody) Hawkins and are the grandparents to sixteen grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was a veteran of World War II (five years) and Korea (three years); retired as CW04 from U.S. Army Reserves with thirty years of service. In addition, he retired from Federal Civil Service at HAFB, Utah and was a past member of the Kaibab Lodge #25, F&AM of Utah for twenty-five years.
As a Captain of a B-17, informally named "Utah Gal", he survived thirty-five missions over Germany during World War II. He served with the 204th Field Artillery Btln. in Korea and also engaged as a member of the 306th Aviation Battery, the 709th Transportation Company, and the 536th Signal Company, all part of the 96th Army Reserve Command based at Fort Douglas, UT.
Dad liked to read westerns, suspense, magazines and more, accumulating stacks of reading material that included the likes of Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey, W.E.B. Griffin, Tom Clancy, Readers Digest, National Geographic, and he loved a great western movie with John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. In his younger days, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, traveling, and dancing with Mom.
He truly loved the music of his era, often whistling to the Big Band music of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, and Nat King Cole. Bob was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and soft-spoken gentleman of integrity.
We love you Dad and look forward to the day when we will once again embrace. You traveled the often challenging, yet rewarding, path of mortality together with Mom and now you are together again eternally. God be with you til we meet again.
Special thanks to the amazing and compassionate staff at Silverado (Care & Hospice), Aspen Park Care Center, and the life-care teams at IMC.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 in the Winder Stake Center, 4366 South 1500 East, Millcreek Township, UT. Friends and family visitation from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. No viewing. Funeral begins at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will follow at Wasatch Lawn, 3401 South Highland Drive (1495 East), East Millcreek, UT, where he will be buried with full military honors.
Published in the Deseret News on May 4, 2011.
Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: May 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69310673