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Donald Edgar Hakes

May 10, 1933April 1, 2021
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Donald E. Hakes, age 87, long time South Side of Chicago resident, passed away in his sleep on Thursday, April 1, 2021 in Glendale, AZ. Donald was born May 10, 1933 to the late Edgar and Marjory (Church) Hakes, in Chicago, IL.

The Community will remember Don as the dean of students for many years at Thornton Fractional North Highschool in Calumet City, IL. He also was an NFL official for 22 years who officiated Super Bowls XVI, XXX and XXXIII.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to both West Resthaven Funeral Home in Glendale, AZ and Kuiper Funeral Home in Highland, IN.

Donald is survived by his beloved son, Gary "Michael" Hakes and his wife, Lindy, along with many nieces and nephews.

A public visitation for Donald will be held Friday, April 9, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Rd., Highland, IN 46322. A prayer service will begin at 6PM on Friday, April 9, 2021. Rev. Charles W. Niblick will be officiating.

Saturday will be a time of final reflection and prayers beginning at 11:30 AM, at Kuiper Funeral Home followed by entombment at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, 19500 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Glenwood, IL 60425.

***In order to safeguard one another and the community, please practice wearing a mask or facial covering while in attendance at the funeral home or cemetery.***

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.KuiperFH.com for the Hakes family.

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Prayer Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

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  • Final Reflection and Prayers

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

Memories

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Michael & Joyce Dominik

April 9, 2021

Mike & Lindy, We are so sorry for your loss. Over many years, We
Had so many great times with your Dad an Mom. There was quite
A few card games with Mechs & Downeys too, and we had so
Many laughs. So many memories that we cherish. So happy to have known
Your Dad & Mom. Mike & Joyce Dominik

Jeff Triplette

April 7, 2021

Don was a special man and an even better official. He helped me settle into the NFL, always willing to help in any way possible. Don's knowledge of the game and his ability to make the right call were truly unique. We will all miss him.

Marjorie Gillies

April 7, 2021

Don and I were 18 months apart, with brother Jim 2 years older than Don, the 3 of us could share lots of stories of our youth.
One of those I remember well. When our youngest sister, Mary, was born December 21st, mom was in the hospital over the Christmas Holidays, and dad had to work, so we 3 were left to manage on our own. Can't remember who had my sister, Nancy who was 6 at the time, but Jim, Don, and I were alone in the house this particular day. My brothers were always playing tricks on me, and this cold day they locked me out on the enclosed front porch. I knocked and knocked, but no answer, then I kicked at the lower wood door panel for more attention, and in doing so missed the panel and hit one of the glass panes, breaking it.
Immediately the door opened and Don peaked out and said "You can come in now, wait until Dad gets home"!
"On the other side of the coin", he was my 'Protector', being sure that no one bullied me or took advantage of me. But that was Don's way, he wouldn't stand for anyone bullying any one else, ever. Always ready to take a stand of Protection for any one in need.
Never wanting people to like him because of his NFL status, but for who he was, he never talked about what he did as a 'side job' on weekends off from teaching. He had a way with kids that was remarkable, sometimes bringing a very troubled kid home for the weekend.
He was loved, revered, and respected by family, friends, and colleagues, and will always be remembered for "WHO HE WAS"!
loved you bro, marje hakes gillies

Scott Steenson

April 6, 2021

Donnie was an official’s official. As a young NFL official just getting started I was blessed to be on a crew where Donnie filled in for one of our regular crew members who was injured. Donnie was always so complimentary and encouraging to me. He was a special person and I will miss his smile and always kind words.

Scott Steenson
NFL FJ Retired

Jack & Jo Anne johnson

April 5, 2021

We'll always treasure the wonderful times we had together in Arizona and Chicago area with Don and Fran ...Love you both. We are so proud to have known Don, had so much fun and shared great memories of his fabulous career. He was all about kindness and generosity......RIP DON

Tom Trojanowski

April 5, 2021

Mr. Hakes was one of my favorite teachers. I had him for P,E. And World History. He was so funny and cool.

Don Dorkowski

April 5, 2021

He was my mentor my rookie year. One of the best guys ever.

Larry Nemmers

April 5, 2021

Don was a great person. He was always available to mentor fellow teachers & officials. I was very fortunate to have worked with Don in both basketball & football. He always went the extra step to help others. Sherry & I were pleased to have spent some time with Don in AZ in the past few years. RIP my friend, Larry

Ronald Winter

April 5, 2021

Don was a genuinely nice man. He was always generous with his time and willing to help. I appreciated his words of wisdom as both a Big Ten and NFL referee.

Tom Sidote

April 5, 2021

Got a "swat" with a swim fin from Don when I was in his PE class in the early 60's.....never got one again! Very glad to have known him as a student, colleague and friend at TF North. I would always point him out to my friends as we watched Big 10 football and then NFL games on TV. My deepest sympathy to his son, family members and many friends he made throughout his life. God bless.

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