from: MyValleyTributes staff
Posted: 09/12/2021 / 12:10 AM EDT
Updated: 09/12/2021 / 00:10 EDT
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – William Ralph Hawkins died on September 6, 2021 at the Inn at Poland Way.
He was born on May 8, 1932, to Ralph and Margaret Fair Hawkins in Youngstown, Ohio.
He graduated from South High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown University in 1959.
South High School Alumni Honors
He was a proud naval veteran who served on a destroyer during the Korean War.
Bill married former Janet Moran on June 16, 1963.
He worked at Sheet and Tube, Aeroquip and Republic Rubber before opening the Office Furniture Outlet with some of his friends. During his 30+ years there, he worked closely with local companies and built many long-term relationships. In 2016 he celebrated his retirement, but was still happy to see family, employees and customers.
Bill was an avid golfer, bowler, and competed in many leagues in the area throughout his life. He enjoyed golf trips with friends and family vacations in Geneva on the Lake and Fort Meyers Beach Florida. He was a member of the Eagles and the Catholic War Veterans. He was a longtime member of the Lockwood United Methodist Church.
His parents preceded him in death; Brother Gary Hawkins; Sister Margie Gebhardt; Brother-in-law, Paul Gebhardt, Carroll Smith, and Martin Moran; Sister-in-law Elaine Moran; Nephew Scott Smith, nieces Jill Peterson and Barbara Cameron, and great-nephew Rick Miller.
Bill leaves behind his beloved wife, Janet Hawkins, who was 59 years old; his daughter Shaun (Kurt) Stoeber; Grandsons Isabel and Luke Stoeber; Sister Lois Miller (Don Spratt); Sisters-in-law, Marilyn Smith and Elyce (Bill) Fleming; Brother-in-law James (Kathy) Moran and many nieces and nephews.
Private services were held in Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home on Saturday, September 11th, 2021.
The family would like to thank the Inn at Poland Way for the loving care during his trip.
The funeral home Edward J. Fox & Sons 4700 Market St. Boardman, Ohio, was hired to make the arrangements.
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