Robert L. Hawes Feb.4, 1924 - May 6, 2009 | West Central Tribune

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Robert L. Hawes Feb.4, 1924 - May 6, 2009

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SPICER -- Robert "Bob" Lamont Hawes, 85, of Spicer, died Wednesday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Green Lake Funeral Home in Spicer. Memorials preferred to Rice Hospice in Willmar.

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Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.

He was born Feb. 4, 1924, in El Paso, Texas, to Elwin and Jane (Brimcombe) Hawes, Jr. They moved to Duluth in 1926 and to Minneapolis in 1934. He graduated from Minneapolis Washburn High School in 1940 and continued his education at the University of Minnesota. He joined the Navy in 1942 and was the commander of a mine sweeper and helped clear the mines near Iwo Jima before the invasion. He returned to the University of Minnesota and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for Standard Oil Corporation in Minneapolis.

He married Jeanne Estes on Dec. 20, 1949, in Minneapolis. They moved to Chicago in 1955 and they lived there until 1982 when he retired and they moved to Spicer.

He married Virginia "Ginger" L. Johnson-Kerfoot on Nov. 10, 1992, in Litchfield. They lived in Spicer and wintered in Sun City, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Susan Hawes of Washington, D.C. and Barb (and Steve) Ellingboe of Kandiyohi; stepchildren; Scott (and Marcia) Kerfoot of Elk River, Doug (and Brenda) Kerfoot of Holland, Mich., Karen Dimatteo of Greer, S.C., and Kathy (and Paul) Hunkins of Anoka; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife in 1986.

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