Hollie D. Hawkey Jr., of R.R. New Paris, died suddenly Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Reid Health, Richmond, Ind. He had been in poor health but his death was unexpected at the time.
He was born February 18, 1938 in Hamilton, the son of Hollie D. & Hattie (Linden) Hawkey. He went to school in Hamilton before ending up in the Richmond area. He worked at the Richmond State Hospital, where he served as Union President for several years. He then moved on to other Richmond companies before becoming a General Motors employee in 1976. He worked at GM plants in Indiana & Ohio, and retired from the GM Delphi Plant in Dayton, after 28 years of service.
Hollie, known as “Hawk” to many, was a shy man, who loved his “old time” country music, spending many hours in his gazebo sipping a beer and listening to his music, turned up, for all the neighborhood to hear.
He was a member of the Richmond Moose #167, Eaton Eagles #2202, and Fort Black Masonic Lodge #0413, New Madison.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Shirley; sons, Gregory D. Hawkey, Fresno, CA, Dennis L. Hawkey (wife Rebecca) Avon, Ind.; daughter Cora L. Starling, Kansas City, Kan.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, David L. Hawkey, Hamilton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepdad, Joe Schneider; brother, Jerry W. Hawkey; and aunts and uncles.
A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, April 1, 5–7 p.m. at the Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, 311 N. Main St., Eldorado. A graveside service will be Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m., at Monroe Cemetery, Kimmel Road, Eldorado. Condolences may be sent via www.barnesfuneralhome.com.