OBITUARY

Donald Luther Hawk

February 14, 1922March 17, 2014

Donald “Don” Hawk, 92 years young, passed away peacefully at home March 17, 2014. He was born on February 14th, 1922 in Greensburg, PA, the oldest son of five to Hiram and Bessie (Pershing) Hawk. He graduated from Greensburg Salem High School in 1940, and then started his 38 ½ year career at Armour & Company. In 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, and served 27 months in the South Pacific. His campaigns included the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and the Philippine Islands. After returning home from active duty, he joined the Army Reserves and continued working at Armour in Greensburg, PA and also had a license in Real Estate. He was called to active duty reserves and stationed in England, Wales by the Sea for less than a year in 1951, along with his wife, Sally and his six week old daughter, Carol. He continued with Armour until 1969 then got promoted and moved to McKees Rocks, PA from 1969-1973. He was then promoted and moved to Gaithersburg, MD from 1973-1977, then was promoted once again and moved to Liverpool, NY and worked in Syracuse from 1977-1979 before retiring as Regional Sales Manager of NY State.

He met his wife Sarah “Sally” Raver from Irwin, PA in 1946 at Mt. Odin Golf Course in Greensburg, PA, and they were married on February 7, 1948 until Sally’s passing on August 16, 2003; a total of 55 ½ years together. They became the proud parents of three daughters and one son from 1951-1965. After retiring from Armour in 1979, Don and his family moved to West Melbourne, FL, three days before Hurricane David and its eye stormed over Melbourne. Don semi-retired and worked five years for ABC Liquors, retiring in 1987 as Store Manager, Melbourne.

Over the years, Don was actively involved with the following organizations: American Legion Life Member since 1945, served two years as Post Commander Post 318, Greensburg 1967-1968, VFW #4206, Elks #1744, Moose #1406, Space Coast Pittsburgh Club, President, Friends and Newcomer (FAN) Club, Melbourne Men’s Golf League, PAFB Men’s Golf League, Melbourne Civic Theater, Palm Bay United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church and the last 10 ½ years at Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, spending time with family, church, horseshoes, shuffleboard, bowling, traveling, organizing many golf trips, cruises and social functions for the various organizations and social clubs he was a member of, lending a helping hand to others, especially all their friends who were widowers, but most of all attending his grandchildren’s sports and academic functions.

He was a generous and loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and extended family to many. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Carol Hawk Greco of Imperial, PA, son, Thomas Hawk (deceased), daughter, Susan Hawk of West Melbourne, and daughter Donna Hawk of West Melbourne; five grandchildren, Christopher James and wife Alanna, Greg James and wife Stacey, and Ben James of Pittsburgh, PA, Sarah Hawk and fiancé Tyler Dunn, Evan Hawk of West Melbourne, FL; three great-grandchildren, Gavin, Kendall and Kamryn James of Pittsburgh, PA; sister, Dorothy McKenney of Palm Coast, FL; three brothers (all deceased), William and Robert Hawk of Greensburg, PA, and James Hawk of Auburn, CA.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd, Florida Ave., Melbourne at 11:00am. Reception to be held afterwards in the Church Social Hall, followed by interment at Florida Memorial Gardens, Rockledge, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial or monetary contributions may be made to VITAS Hospice, Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, FL.

The Life Event Center at Florida Memorial is entrusted with arrangements.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 29, 2014
  • Inurnment Saturday, March 29, 2014
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Donna Hawk

December 15, 2014

Dad- it's gonna be our first Christmas without you and we truly miss and love you but know that you'll be celebrating your first Christmas in heaven with Jesus mom Tom your brothers friends and your parents Merry Christmas daddy

Donna Hawk

March 29, 2014

Dear Dad, I love you and miss you and will always remember our special times together like golfing and bowling and going out to eat, but especially spending time with Sarah and Evan. Thank you for always being there unconditionally for me and my family and I thank God everyday for giving us you to lean on, talk to and honor you as a father and teacher of life here on earth. I can't wait to see you and Mom soon when my work here is done. Xoxo Your loving daughter

March 25, 2014

I am a friend of Judy Clark's.I am gratefulI I had the chance to meet Don. My father also served in WWII. You have my deepest sympathy.
Patty McCaughin Satellite Bch. Fl.

Bart Byers

March 24, 2014

Donna and Family Sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless

Jennifer Gardner

March 23, 2014

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Beth Wilson

March 22, 2014

May the events of his life on earth provide many joyous memories for the loved ones that are still on earth

Kelly & Randy Cook

March 22, 2014

We are so very sorry for your loss, Donna. Your dad's personality was so awesome. The last visit we had with him over Christmas was so special. I hadn't seen Mr. Hawk in quite awhile, but he was still the same. Always spoke whatever he wanted. He and Mrs. Hawk will always have a special place in my heart for the support they gave my family so many years ago. He will be missed. Kelly & Randy Cook

Terry Rhodes

March 22, 2014

God bless all of you, much love ,Terry Rhodes

Betty Green

March 21, 2014

Dear Carol, Susan and Donna, I have lost 2 wonderful friends in the going home of Sally in 2003 and now Don. What wonderful memories I have having met them in 1985. Our Thoughts and prayers are with each of you as you adjust your lives with this void. Don Hawk was a good man and will be missed by me very much. Our Love, Prayers and Sympathy are with each of you. Betty and Doug Park

Donald Rev. La Chappelle II

March 21, 2014

My Prayers and Thoughts are with you all. Remember his job here on earth was done and The Father has another job for him. Some day we all will be there with him and celebrating.