Hathaway-Myers Chapel

1022 Pearl Street, Columbus, IN


Thomas R. Hawes

September 30, 1931September 27, 2019

Thomas R. Hawes of Columbus passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on September 27, 2019. The son of Doctor JK and Myrtle Hawes of Columbus, Tom graduated from Columbus High School in 1950, and Milligan College in 1954, where he earned a BA in Education. At Milligan, Tom served as Sr. Class President, King of the Mayday Festival, played tennis, swam, and sang in the choir. After graduation, Tom enlisted in the US Army, and served his country in post-war Germany during the Korean War. Upon returning home, Tom met Donna Jean Whitehouse, and they were married shortly thereafter on August 25, 1957. They moved to Tennessee, where Tom worked on his Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Tennessee, then to Kentucky where he coached swimming and tennis at Union College. Tom and Donna moved back to Columbus in 1960. A job offer selling Remington Rand office products led to Tom founding Hawes Office Equipment, Inc. a year later. Tom grew the company over the years and outgrew three facilities in 42 years as a staple of the Columbus community. Along the way, he was a huge supporter of Columbus North High School athletics, serving for over 30 years on the football chain gang. Tom was a lifetime member of First Christian Church, serving as Elder, Deacon, and in the choir. He was a member of St. John’s #20 Masonic Lodge, served on the hospital board, and the board of the Girl Scouts of America. He was most proud of his over 30 years on the Bartholomew County Park Board, retiring as President in 2015. He enjoyed camping, fishing, playing golf and tennis with his friends, and spending time with his grandchildren and their families. He never met a stranger, and spent his life helping family, friends and others throughout the county. Tom is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna Jean (Whitehouse) Hawes, and his loving sons, T. Craig (Diane) Hawes, Doug (Susan) Hawes, and John Hawes, along with grandchildren Sarah Hawes, Lauren (John) Timm, Rachel Hawes, Sebastian Hawes, Hannah Hawes, Chassity (Michael) May, Amberly (Jon) Tappe, Caleb Hawes and Paige Hawes. He has two step grandchildren Tony and Angela Halberstadt and ten great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday October 2, 2019 at Hathaway-Myers Chapel, 1022 Pearl St, Columbus, Rev. Steve Yeaton officiating. Private burial with military honors accorded by the Bartholomew County Honor Guard will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to First Christian Church and Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Please leave an online condolence or special memory of Thomas at: www.Hathaway-Myers.com. Hathaway-Myers Chapel is serving the Hawes family.


  • Donna Jean (Whitehouse) Hawes, Wife
  • T. Craig (Diane) Hawes, Son
  • Doug (Susan) Hawes, Son
  • John Hawes, Son
  • Sarah Hawes, Granddaughter
  • Lauren (John) Timm, Granddaughter
  • Rachel Hawes, Granddaughter
  • Sebastian Hawes, Grandson
  • Hannah Hawes, Granddaughter
  • Chassity (Michael) May, Granddaughter
  • Amberly (Jon) Tappe, Granddaughter
  • Caleb Hawes, Grandson
  • Paige Hawes, Granddaughter
  • Tony Halberstadt, Step-grandson
  • Angela Halberstadt, Step-granddaughter
  • Also surviving are ten great-grandchildren.

  • Caleb Hawes, Active Bearer
  • Sebastian Hawes, Active Bearer
  • Jon Tappe, Active Bearer
  • John Timm, Active Bearer
  • DeWayne Yoemans, Active Bearer
  • Michael May, Active Bearer
  • Tom Sharp, Honorary Bearer
  • Stan Owens, Honorary Bearer
  • Bob Taylor, Honorary Bearer
  • Frank Armuth, Honorary Bearer
  • Jim Dudley, Honorary Bearer
  • Don Voelz, Honorary Bearer

  • First Christian Church
  • Our Hospice of South Central Indiana


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Thomas R. Hawes

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Mike Bova

October 1, 2019

Please accept our sincerest condolences to Donna and the family from Mike and Diana Bova. Love and Prayers.

Andy and Kate Alvarez

October 1, 2019

We have been neighbors with Tom and Donna for the past three years. We used to see Tom sitting outside on his back patio almost every day, relaxing and enjoying the warm days and evenings. His dog Tanner and our pup Milo were great friends, and we used to let them play together while we chatted. Tom told the most wonderful stories... even if sometimes we heard the same ones a few times :) He loved to tell us stories about his short teaching career when he was younger, since we are both teachers as well. He had such a wonderful smile and was always excited to talk to us. He will be dearly missed by all who had the joy of meeting him. Our love and thoughts are with Donna and his whole family.

Wendy Day York

October 1, 2019

I lived across the street from Tom and family for many years. He always had a smile and a wave and a kind word. He was one of the nicest men I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. I hope that precious memories help bring the family some peace during this difficult time.

Dirk Rader

September 30, 2019

So sorry to hear of the loss of my Masonic Brother, a fellow member of St. Johns Lodge #20. He will be dearly missed.
My sincere condolences to his Son and fellow St. Johns Lodge member, Brother Craig Hawes.....you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

John Dissauer

September 30, 2019

Tom was such a great guy. Had the pleasure of working with and for him one summer while I was in college. It was obvious that he cared about his family, friends and employees. Condolences to his family.

Grant Campbell

September 30, 2019

Tom was one fantastic individual. I have only known him for a few years but in that short time he was always such a wonderful person to me and always greeted me with his wonderful smile. God is getting one great guy! Peace Tom

Robin Campbell

September 29, 2019

So many memories of this kind hearted man. He took great pride in his yard, garden, and flowers. Loved his grand children unconditionally. They were always perfect in his yes. He would take them on walks, to the park or just a drive. Such a humble soul and I am grateful to have met him and been a part of his life!