Michael "Mick" Hawley

Hawley, Michael "Mick'

Michael "Mick' Hawley peacefully joined his savior on October 2, 2013. Mike's family was the center of his life. He married (Mary) Jane Hawley in 1959 and was the proud father of five children, Joanie Hawley (Schluge), Colleen Debes (David), Connie Hawley (Bill Wertenberger), Dan Hawley (Mary Pat), and Pat Hawley (Marty); grandfather to eight wonderful grandchildren, Ian, Erin, Mackenzie and Grace Hawley; Danny and Kevin Debes; Camille and Jack Hawley. Mike was immensely proud of all his kids and grandkids, and took special joy in having them around. Above all, he loved Jane and was eternally grateful for her years of love and caregiving. Mike is further survived by his brothers, Jack (John) Hawley, and Pat and (Cel) Hawley; and numerous nieces and nephews and many good friends. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Ontonagon, MI and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Arizona. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mike was born October 9, 1933 to Ned and Vie Hawley. He graduated from Ontonagon High School in 1951 and then served in the Army Combat Engineers from 1953 to 1955. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University. After working in Wausau for a couple of years, he became the Assistant City Engineer in 1964. Mike was hired by the City of Manitowoc, WI, in 1966, as the City Engineer. He was promoted to Director of Public Works in 1968. He was responsible for engineering, maintenance and operation of streets, sewers, bridges, traffic control devices, city vehicles and the Manitowoc Transit System. During his tenure in Manitowoc, Mike was instrumental in the creation of the Manitowoc Marina and the construction of nine major bridges. He served on Manitowoc's Planning Commission and the Waste Water Treatment Plant Board. He was a member of the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Public Works Association, and the Sheboygan Calumet Manitowoc Area Research and Travel Association (SCHMART ASS.).

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to many extraordinary caregivers that blessed Mike with their kind and compassionate attention, including the staff at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Barb Budimliga PA, Dr. Donald Schmidt and Dr. Michael Hovan.

Visitation will be held Sunday, October 6 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME at Cane Funeral Home in Ontonagon, MI and again from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013.

Memorials may be given to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of an individual's choice.

Mike shared his love of the cottage and his respect for Lake Superior with family and friends. He loved people, loved to tell stories, and loved life.

Friends may view Mike's obituary and leave messages of remembrance at www.canefuneralhome.com

Funeral Home

Cane Funeral Home - Ontonagon
310 N. Steel Street  Ontonagon, MI 49953
(906) 884-4343

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2013