John Franklin Hawk

October 14, 1952May 22, 2018
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John Franklin Hawk, age 65, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Tuesday May 22, 2018. John was born October 14, 1952 in South Bend, Indiana to Shirley Hawk and James Hawk.

John married Vanessa on August 22, 1970 and they spent 47 years together going to the beach, riding on John's Harley, playing in their Euchre club for more than 30 years, and even enjoying colts games together. The biggest passion in John's life was his family as all of them meant a great deal to him.

John loved to spend time with his family and friends which gave him the passion and drive he needed to fight his illness. Those around him called him "Superman" as he fought long and hard to gain that title and he showed it by fighting for 10 years.

John is survived by his wife, Vanessa Hawk; daughter Lisa Hawk; mother-in-law Beatty Andrick; brother Jim Hawk, brother Joe (Tina) Hawk, brother-in-law Billy Andrick, sister Kristie (Thomas) May, sister Kalie (Gary) McCoy and sister-in-law Kim McCord; grandson Tyler Whitecotten, granddaughter Jenna Toffolo and john's best buddy Pilot Hawk.

John was preceded in death by; father James Hawk; mother Shirley Hawk and father-in-law William Andrick; brother-in-law Terry Jackson; brother-in-law Samuel McCord and sister Kitty Jackson.

A visitation for John will be held Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Little & Sons, 4901 E Stop 11 Road. A funeral service will occur Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2:00 PM, 4901 E Stop 11 Road. A cremation will occur.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to American Cancer Society of Indianapolis, 5635 West 96th Street Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hawk family.


  • James Hawk, Father
  • Shirley Hawk, Mother
  • William Andrick, Father-in-law
  • Beatty Andrick, Mother-in-law
  • Jim Hawk, Brother
  • Joe (Tina) Hawk, Brother
  • Billy Andrick, Brother-in-law
  • Terry Jackson, Brother-in-law
  • Samuel McCord, Brother-in-law
  • Kristie (Thomas) May, Sister
  • Kitty Jackson, Sister
  • Kalie (Gary) McCoy, Sister
  • Kim McCord, Sister-in-law
  • Vanessa Hawk, Wife
  • Lisa Hawk, Daughter
  • Tyler Whitecotten, Grandson
  • Jenna Toffolo, Granddaughter
  • Pilot Hawk, John's Best Buddy


  • Visitation Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 26, 2018

John Franklin Hawk

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Richard Stewart

May 29, 2018

I am very sorry to hear that John has passed. I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Vanessa for the past 20 years. Although I never met John in person I know he was a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather. Vanessa and I have talked many times over the years and my heart is breaking for her. I am sending my prayers and condolences to Vanessa and the whole family. God Bless you all, Fly High John!

Tony Stewart

Karen James

May 26, 2018

Though I haven't seen the family in over 30 years, I have lots of memories of them from my childhood. John and Vanessa were always very kind to me, and even trusted me to watch their daughter, even though I was only 2 years older than her. My condolences Vanessa and Lisa.

Roberta Troxal

May 26, 2018

John and Vanessa were always kind and supportive to everyone. John always had a smile and a hug or handshake. As a child I remember going to their house after going to the double feature at the drive in and swimming with Lisa. John was always happy to see all of us and didn't care that we stayed in the pool till the wee hours of the morning. John was strong, loving, and smiled whenever he came across family no matter how bad he felt. John will be missed deeply.