|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1920|
|Death: ||Dec. 28, 2004|
Clarence Herman Hawkinson was born December 23, 1920, to Oscar and Lula Prichard Hawkinson in Claremont, Minnesota and died Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at his daughter's home in Osceola, Iowa at the age of 84 years 5 days.
Clarence joined the United States Navy in 1941, even though he could not swim! He earned the title of Boats Mate 2nd Class and went to basic at Great Lakes and was given ship duty shortly afterwards. He spent 3 years in the southwest Pacific. He spent the last few months on duty in the Marshall Islands, and received an honorable discharge in December of 1945.
After leaving the Navy, he worked on many farms around the Adel area. He loved working with his hands and being outdoors.
He was united in marriage to Eleanor and was blessed with two children, a son Gary Lee and a daughter Susan Kay. They lived in Adel for many years.
After an accident in 1969, Clarence was left blind. He went to the Commission of the Blind in Des Moines, where he met his wife Opal while they were both attending the school. They were united in marriage on June 23, 1974. They were blessed with a daughter, Cindy Marie.
Clarence loved spending the summers traveling by bus with his wife Opal and daughter Cindy. They would visit his daughter Susan, brother Charles and his many grandchildren. He loved going to his grandchildren's ballgames to cheer them on.
He would sit for hours telling stories of when he was younger, also sharing his many farming experiences and his adventures in the Navy.
Clarence was always willing to give advice when asked. He never let his disabilities get in the way of enjoying the life God had given him. He loved sitting and listening to westerns, his favorites were all John Wayne movies.
Clarence was preceded in death by his father Oscar, mother Lula, brother Charles, stepdaughter Cheri, and granddaughters Amber and Anita Rumley.
Left to live in his memory are his wife Opal; daughter Cindy and husband Raul and their children Tony and Derek Saucedo; son Gary Hawkinson and wife Velma and his children Theresa, Gary and Ronnie; daughter Susan Dungan and her children Michael, Day, Dawn and Diane; step-son Ronnie Camden and his children Susie, Josh and Jake; son-in-law Garland Miller; step-daughter Alleen Sue and husband Doug and their children Andrew Alborn, Keagon and Darion Armstrong; and thirty-two great-grandchildren.
Family was always very important to him. He loved having the family together whenever possible. He will be missed greatly.
Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox, Iowa
North Fairview Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 10, 2012
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