YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – William Ralph Hawkins passed away Monday, September 6, 2021, at the Inn at Poland way.
He was born May 8, 1932, to Ralph and Margaret Fair Hawkins in Youngstown, Ohio.
He was a graduate of South High School and went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown University in 1959.
He was a proud Navy veteran serving on a destroyer during the Korean War.
Bill married the former Janet Moran on June 16, 1963.
He worked at Sheet and Tube, Aeroquip and Republic Rubber before opening The Office Furniture Outlet with several of his friends. While working there for over 30 years, he interacted closely with local businesses where he established many long-term relationships. He celebrated his retirement in 2016 but still enjoyed coming in and visiting with family, associates and customers.
Bill was an avid, golfer, bowler and participated in many leagues in the area throughout his life. He enjoyed golf trips with his friends and vacationing with his family at Geneva-on-the-Lake and Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
He was a member of the Eagles and The Catholic War Vets.
He was a long-time member of Lockwood United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gary Hawkins; sister, Margie Gebhardt; brothers-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 of 59 years, Janet Hawkins; his daughter, Shaun (Kurt) Stoeber; grandchildren, 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 at the Fox Funeral Home on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
The family would like to thank the Inn at Poland way for their compassionate care during his journey.
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A television tribute will air Monday, September 13 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.