Charles W. "Charlie" Hawkins, 89, of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, passed away Nov. 16, 2013. Charlie was born Sept. 30, 1924 in Boise, Idaho, the third child of Orien W. and Bertha M. Hawkins.
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Charlie graduated from Eagle High School in 1942 and was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1944 serving aboard a victory ship transporting war materials in the South Pacific.
A lifelong bachelor, Charlie nevertheless positively impacted the lives of numerous Horseshoe Bend youth as a 4-H leader for more than 30 years. For most of those years, he served as the Livestock Superintendent at the Gem/Boise County Fair. His "Good Luck 4-H Club" often had the winning livestock judging team, competing at other fairs and the Pacific Livestock Exposition in Portland. For many years he drove club members to the 4-H Club Congress in Moscow as a chaperone. Charlie was recognized for this service as one of the inaugural honorees to Idaho 4-H Hall of Fame in 2002.
Charlie was a member of the American Legion for 57 years, elected as the Idaho Commander in 1994-1995 and served many years as a Director and Board President of the American Legion Gem Boys State. Charlie continued to attend District and State functions well into his 80s. Charlie lived on the Horseshoe Bend ranch his parents purchased in 1941, only selling the last cows in 2013. Charlie was also active in the Payette River Cattleman's Association serving as a director. He additionally worked for the Hoff Lumber/Boise Cascade sawmill in Horseshoe Bend for 17 years as a welder/fabricator employing the skills he learned utilizing the GI Bill following the war.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Clifford Gibbens.
He is survived by his brother, Neal (Grace) Hawkins and sister, Lola Gibbens; his nieces, DeAnn (Gary) Wood and Marla Gibbens; and nephews, Merle (Lois) Gibbens and Jim (Tina), Terry (Debbie), and Randy (Kathleen) Hawkins.
Services are under the direction of the Potter Funeral Chapel of Emmett, Idaho. The family will receive friends at the viewing on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m. and graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Pioneer Cemetery, Horseshoe Bend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Idaho Friends of 4-H or the American Legion Gem Boys State program.
Potter Funeral Chapel
228 East Main Street Emmett, ID 83617
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Nov. 18 to Dec. 18, 2013