Longtime Soldotna resident Perry Hawkins died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 71.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway, in Kenai. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. A celebration of his life will follow the services at the AmVets Post No. 4 at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 30, in Soldotna. Military honors will be provided by V.F.W. Post No. 10046 and American Legion Post No. 20.
Mr. Hawkins was born March 1, 1935, to Thomas and Lena Hawkins in Prescott, Ariz. He grew up in Albuquerque, joined the U.S. Army in 1953 and served in the Korean War. He was stationed at Fort Sheridan, Ill., where he met his wife, Bonnie. They married on his birthday in 1956, and recently celebrated their golden anniversary. They returned to Albuquerque to live and had four children.
Mr. Hawkins came to Alaska to visit in 1974 and never left. He loved fishing and the beauty of Alaska and was proud to call it home. He loved watching his grandsons play hockey, baseball and football. More recently, he became a member of the Ice Racing Association, where he loved watching his son and grandsons race.
“He was a loving father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by family and friends,” his family said.
Mr. Hawkins was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Thomas Jr. and Harry; and sister, Dorothy Hazard.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonnie; son, Jim; daughters, Betsy, Marty and Beverly and her husband, Patrick; brother, John; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations may be made to the AmVets Post No. 4 Building Fund, 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 30, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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