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Harvey C. "Hawk" Hawkinson

Harvey C. "Hawk" Hawkinson

07/12/1919 - 06/28/2014

Harvey C. "Hawk" Hawkinson, 94, of Willmar died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at St. Cloud Hospital following complications from surgery for a broken leg. His family was at his side. His funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Thursday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment is at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

Harvey Charles Hawkinson was born on July 12, 1919, in Kandiyohi, MN, to Hilding and Bertina (Forstrom) Hawkinson. The family moved to Willmar and he attended Willmar Public Schools. In his youth he was a professionally trained violinist and played at several events and concerts. He worked as a steam engineer at the Willmar Gas Plant, where his dad Hilding was the first person to make city gas from coal and Harvey was the last person to make city gas from coal in Willmar. Harvey went to the KWLM Radio Station to listen to Helen Schwandt known on the radio as, "Helen Heart, Sweet Singer of Sweet Songs," play her guitar and sing live on the radio. They were married on August 16, 1941. On August 16, 2014 they would have celebrated 73 years of marriage.

Harvey joined the US Air Force in 1942. He taught and worked on aircraft sheet metal. He was a superintendent for heat and power at the Air Force Base in Willmar. They purchased a farm on Point Lake, Willmar, where they boarded horses, rode horses and enjoyed working the farm land. They had one son Charles Walter Hawkinson and one daughter Gayle Lavonne Hawkinson. After the Air Force Base in Willmar closed, he was transferred to Duluth, MN. They built a new home at French River up the North Shore of Lake Superior. Harvey worked at the Bomarc Missle Base at French River until 1972 as a superintendent of heating and power. Following his retirement, they moved back to Willmar and built a new home on their Point Lake farm. Harvey and Helen spent many years of winter months enjoying the Arizona desert where they spent time rock hunting, 4 wheeling and enjoyed music together. He made friends from many states and Canada while camping in the Arizona desert.

Harvey was an avid hunter and fisherman, teaching his children and grandchildren to enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and everything outdoors. He loved his home on Point Lake, but he loved his family more than anything in his well lived life. He was a lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church and his faith was deep and strong.

Surviving are his wife, Helen of Willmar; son, Charles Hawkinson of Aitkin; daughter, Gayle Hawkinson of Spicer; grandchildren: Lavonne, Angela, Tanya, Karey and Ben; great-grandchildren: Jesse, Joshua, Sierra, Macray and Jacynda. Also surviving are his brother, Virgil (and Dorothy) Hawkinson of Spicer; sister, Gloria Nelson of Spicer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Luverne, sister, Virginia Hanson.