John Wilburn Hawkins, Jr.
August 17, 1918 - December 28, 2016
Longtime Delta County resident John Wilburn Hawkins, Jr. passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at Horizon Care Center in Eckert, CO. He was 98 years of age.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 7, 2016, 10:00 a.m. at the Eckert Presbyterian Church in Eckert, CO, with interment to follow at the Cedaredge Cemetery. There will be a lunch served after interment.
John was born August 17, 1918, to John Wilburn Hawkins, Sr., and Cora Etta (Adams) Hawkins, in Eckert Colorado.
On November 4, 1942, John married Kathleen Belle Rowell in Berkley, California. They were blessed with three children.
John served the United States as a seaman in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1942-1945. He was part of the gunnery crew in the Battle of Guadalcanal, later a sonar operator, and completed his service as a cook in Miami, Florida, where he prevented food poisoning for hundreds of sailors. He was a member of the VFW.
John was always interested in making the community a better place to live, particularly with regard to providing adequate irrigation water and safe drinking water. He was an active member of the Overland Ditch and Reservoir Company, Redland Mesa Water User Association, North Fork Water Conservancy District, and the Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association, having been a founding member of both the Redlands Mesa WUA and the USCDWUA. He was elected as a Delta County Commissioner in 1972, and served through 1984.
John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathleen; sisters, Dora Ashurst, Helen Buff, Lily May Cotten, Hazel Frey, Margaret McNutt, and Ruth Rowell; brothers, Bruce Hawkins, Floyd Hawkins, Charles Hawkins, Roy Hawkins, and Kenneth Hawkins, and by his great-granddaughter, Danielle Ziegler. He is survived by his son, Dan (Helen) Hawkins of Redlands Mesa; daughters, Sharon MacKendrick of Milan, New Mexico, and Laura Donovan of Delta; sister, Esther Barrett of Cedaredge; six grandchildren, two adopted grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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Taylor Funeral Service & Crematory
682 1725 Rd
Delta, CO 81416
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 4, 2017