|Birth: ||Dec. 21, 1927|
|Death: ||Nov. 2, 2012|
Lee and Sarah Hawk died together Friday afternoon on November 2nd in an automobile accident that occurred near their residence at the Willow Valley Retirement home south of Lancaster, PA. They had been married 62 years and were 86 and 84 years old, respectively.
Lee Hawk (Ellis Leroy Hawk, Jr.) was born in Seymour, Indiana on March 24, 1926. He was the son of the late Ellis and Edna Linke Hawk. He grew up in a series of mid-west towns as his father went from job to job during the depression. Late in the war he graduated from High School and entered the Army Air Corps. He was training to be a Flight Engineer for B29's when the war ended and he was discharged before being sent overseas.
Sarah Jane Parent Hawk was born December 21, 1927 in Akron, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Reed and Gladys Hendrix Parent, and spent most of her childhood in Columbus.
They met at Ohio State University where Lee studied Chemical Engineering and Sarah studied Commercial Art. At Ohio State, Lee was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Fraternity and the Theta Chi Fraternity. They married after graduation on June 10, 1950 in Columbus, Ohio.
Most of their working years were spent in Wilmington, Delaware, where they were members of Grace Methodist Church. Lee was a Chemical Engineer with Hercules most of his career, and his last few years were with the Himont spin-off where he was the engineering director. His career involved much travel as he helped set up polypropylene plants in Germany, Bulgaria, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil and Italy. Sarah worked many years as a tour guide at the Hagley Museum. She was a volunteer at the Palmer School, and was also involved with the Grace Church Prekindergarten serving on the board and as treasurer.
After retiring, they moved to the Willow Valley Retirement Center in Lancaster, PA where they made many new friends among that incredible community. Lee enjoyed participating in the Readers Theater at Willow Valley while Sarah resumed her interest in watercolor painting and knitting. Together they enjoyed travelling, bird watching, and participating in Elderhostel programs around the world. They also enjoyed researching their genealogies, reading history and discussing current events. While residing in Lancaster they were members of the First Presbyterian Church.
Lee and Sarah are survived by Lee's sister Elinor Spellerberg, wife of the late Honorable Thomas Spellerberg, Esq of Tiffin, Ohio; Sarah's brother Stanley Parent and his wife Bonnie of Willow Valley; their sons David Hawk of Landenberg, PA, and his wife Patricia Beitel; Chilton Hawk of Salt Lake City UT, and his wife Robin; and Alan Hawk of Monrovia, MD, and his wife Cindy. They especially cherished their three grandchildren: Robert Hawk, Laura Hawk and Matthew Hawk.
Memorial Services will be held for Lee and Sarah at 11 AM on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church, 140 East Orange Street, Lancaster, PA 17602 with Rev. Don Hackett officiating. Family and friends will be received from 10-11 AM at the church. Interment is private. Parking is available at the corner of Duke Street & Chestnut Street and also on East King Street at the Parking Garages.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Lee and Sarah's names to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529 or to Amnesty International USA, 5 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001. To send the family online condolences, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory 717-393-9661.
(Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era 11/6/2012)
Ellis Leroy Hawk (1926 - 2012)
Created by: Donna Butler Sheaffer
Record added: Nov 06, 2012
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