He was born and raised in Fort Wayne until age six then moved to Whitley County. He moved to Wolf Lake after his marriage until 2002 when he moved to Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1958 and International Business College in 1960 with an Associates Degree in Accounting. On November 16, 1963, he married Barbara Jo Whiteman at Big Lake Church of God, Columbia City. He worked at Super Valu/Food Marketing retiring in 2002 after 29 years of service.
He was former secretary of the Columbia City Eagles Lodge 1906, past president of the Whitley County Shrine Club, past Master Mason with Cromwell Masonic Lodge, member of Mizpah Shrine, member of the Scottish Rite, member of the Moose Lodge, volunteer with the SHIP Organization, president of the Bear, High, and Wolf Lake Sewer Boards, and a member of Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Barbara Jo Hawn of Columbia City; six children, Becky (Darin) Claxton of Churubusco; Connie (Bryan) Blanchard of South Whitley; Jeffrey (Heather) Hawn of Monroeville; Donna (Andy) Pearson of Bloomington; Kaydean (Chris) Turner and Vern (Belinda) Hawn of Columbia City; sister, Arlene (Fred) Aukerman of Grand St. Mary’s Lake; brother, LeRoy (Katherine) Hawn of Columbia City; sister, Mary Ellen (Mick) Walters of Columbia City; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and bother, Kenneth Hawn.
Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m Wednesday at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home with Pastor David Arnold of Columbia City United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove (Compton) Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Hawn to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.