Soldotna resident Harry Hawkins died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a lengthy illness.
He was 68.
A joint memorial service with the AMVETS and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the VFW Post No. 10046 on Birch Street in Soldotna.
Mr. Hawkins was born March 17, 1933, in Prescott, Ariz., to Tom and Lena Hawkins. He spent his youth in Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Hawkins served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.
He drove the Alaska Highway to Anchorage in 1964 and moved to Soldotna with his wife, Sandy, in 1965. Mr. Hawkins worked several jobs before going to work for the state of Alaska Department of Transportation in Soldotna. He worked there until retiring in 1986. He then divided his time between the warm winters in Arizona and wonderful summers in Alaska.
During his lifetime, he had many hobbies and always enjoyed playing his card games with his friends.
His friends said, "Harry never met a stranger and was always there to help anyone who needed assistance. He will surely be missed."
Mr. Hawkins was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas Hawkins.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; sons and daughters-in-law Leonard and Debbie of California, Steve and Ally in California; sons David of Anchorage and Larry of Soldotna; daughter and son-in-law, Joanie and Mike Hammack of Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Chris Hazard of Albuquerque, N.M.; brother and sister-in-law, Perry and Bonnie Hawkins of Soldotna; brother John in Washington; brothers-in-law, Richard Long and wife Karen in Valdez and Ed Long and wife Janet of Whittier; sister-in-law Carol Ray of Anchorage; grandchildren Kelly, Aiden, Jonathan, Joey, Delaney and Katie Hawkins and Natawnie and Michael Hammack; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many good friends both in Alaska and Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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