Howard A Hawkins

Born: Mon., Apr. 13, 1925
Died: Thu., Apr. 5, 2018


Memorial Service

2:00 PM Mon., Apr. 09, 2018
Location: Pandora Missionary Church


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Pandora, Ohio formerly of Bluffton, Indiana

Howard A. Hawkins, 92, died at 7:25 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  He was born April 13, 1925, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to John Augusta and Monema Eulala (Fleming) Hawkins.  They both preceded him in death.

On July 17, 1948, he married Gladys Jean Castor, who preceded him in death, August 29, 2012.

Howard is survived by one son, John R. (Laura) Hawkins of Millbury, MA; one daughter, Rebecca J. (Martin) Diller of Pandora, Ohio; five grandchildren, Joseph (Sheree) Diller, Juli (Justin) Shank, Jordan (Amy) Diller, Kelsey (Nathan) Lee and Sarah (Antonio) Limon; and 14 great grandchildren, Niko, Mila, Rocco and Willa Diller; Barrett, Gatlin Shank; Reece Diller;  Siarrah, Erica, Nikoma, Fausto, Miguel, John and Julian Limon.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Richard Hawkins; and two sisters, Mable Fuelling and June Perry.

Howard was a graduate of Hoagland High School, Indiana, class of 1943.  He was a graduate of Ft. Bible College, class of 1960 and received his Masters in Education, from Indiana University in 1964.  He was a Air Force veteran, serving during WWII.  Howard was a charter member of Hope Missionary Church, starting the church in their home in 1965, where they continued to grow for the next year until they moved into the Church that the congregation built, in 1966.  

He retired from Bluffton Harrison Schools, Indiana, in 1987.  He had taught at Aboite Elementary, Ft. Wayne, and spent the rest of his teaching career, teaching 6th grade at Eastside Elementary, during the 28 years of teaching.  Howard was a member of the Bluffton Teachers Association, Indiana Teachers Association and Wells County Gideon's.

Services will begin at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, April 9, 2018, at Pandora Missionary Church.  Pastor Matt Steiner will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon's Society and Pandora Missionary Church.

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brent gerber
   Posted Sat April 07, 2018
becky i dont know if you remember me but i extend my sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. seemed like a very nice man and teacher. i was a classmate of yours at bluffton. God bless

MARK & DIANE REED
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
WHAT A GREAT & GODLY MAN. A DEAR FRIEND TO ME FOR MANY YEARS ALONG WITH HIS WIFE JEAN. A SPIRITUAL GIANT & PRAYER WARRIOR. HE WAS AN ENCOURAGEMENT & MENTOR. MY WIFE SAYS, "YOU COULDN'T OUT GIVE THE HAWKINS". AS NEIGHBORS WE WOULD TAKE OVER SOMETHING TO SHARE & THEY ALWAYS RETURNED THE FAVOR & THEN SOME. HARD TO IMAGINE HE STARTED HOPE CHURCH & THE MAGNITUDE OF THE LIVES HE HAS TOUCHED FOR JESUS THRU IT...AS WELL AS HIS PERSONAL CONTACTS & GIDEON CONTACTS OVER THE YEARS.

Rita Atherton( Miller)
   Posted Mon April 09, 2018
I had Mr. Hawkins as a teacher and he was one of my favorites.
I learned a lot from him. My prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time.

Mary Berg
   Posted Mon April 09, 2018
To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss of your loved one. As you cope with your loss, may you find comfort in knowing that God promises to put an end to all the things that have plagued mankind for centuries including pain and death (Revelation 21:3,4). May these promises from God's word, the Bible give you comfort now and real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

The Herman Family
   Posted Mon April 09, 2018
We extend our sincere condolences to Mr. Hawkins' entire family. In this sad time may you find strength from God's promise that we can be reunited with our loved ones by means of a resurrection and death will be no more. - Revelation 21:3,4; John 5:28,29 May this precious hope that awaits us and your cherished memories of Mr. Hawkins bring you a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead.

Valerie Wilson Jackson
   Posted Fri May 04, 2018
Hawkins family, You might recall living next door to us at the corner of Central and Marion in Bluffton. Mom (Doris Ann Wilson) worked with your mom at the Vogue dress shop. Your dad taught me in 6th grade at East Side. To say he was a fabulous teacher is an understatement. He even taught us to play Chess. Many reminders almost daily of things he taught me. Tough but fair! May God comfort you in the days ahead. (I received comments from classmates on how much respect we all had for him. Will try to fwd to you soon. Sorry it took me so long to send condolences to you but clicking on the link in the obit didn't take us to the condolence page and many gave up.) Valerie Wilson Jackson

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