Wayne E Hawkins obituary 1944~2021


Wayne E Hawkins, 76, was born on August 26, 1944 and on Friday, May 7, 2021 went home to be with his Lord.

Wayne E Hawkins
Wayne E Hawkins

Wayne was married to Patricia (Durf) Hawkins and has a son Jason (Mary) Hawkins. He was the proud grandfather of two grandchildren, Joseph and Lillie.

Wayne was the youngest of twelve children, born to Samuel and Mary (Bittinger) Hawkins. Three sisters remain of the twelve, Edna (Richard) Mellott, Ethel (Robert) Warner, and Irene (Larry) McGill.

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He had three brothers and five sisters who are deceased: David, Charles, and Samuel Hawkins; Helen (Harry) Aby, Glenna (Lester) Smith, Verna (Robert) Shughart, Nancy (Earl) Caufman, and Phyllis (Merle) Sennett; and two step-brothers, Arthur and Carl Bittinger.

Wayne graduated from Big Spring High School in 1964. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army in Korea for two years.

After his military service, he worked at Bogar Lumber Company. While employed there, he learned his carpentry trade from David Karper, an excellent cabinet maker in the Shippensburg area. He wanted to learn more about commercial building, so he sought employment with a commercial building company.

While learning about construction, he also worked thirteen years at Letterkenny Army Depot. Upon his son’s graduation, they formed together a construction company which they called, Hawkins’ Construction. Wayne retired from the company, but never lost his love for remodeling and working with lumber.

Besides working, Wayne loved to go boating at Raystown, traveling in the camper to see and learn more about all the beautiful areas in our country, and attending Southern Gospel Music concerts. He loved to go on mission trips with his church family and also with some friends from Greencastle. One of his favorite missions’ trips was in Kruiningen, Netherlands, where he met John and Donna Oostdyk. They taught him more about organizing and working on mission trips.

Wayne grew up on a farm and never lost his love for animals. He loved ducks and chickens and even cared for several in his backyard at his home. He loved dogs, but Sparky, a stray cat, who adopted him, stole his heart and changed his mind.

Wayne was a member of Prince Street Church and over the years served on the administrative board and several commissions. He loved missions and served as mission chair for many years.

Services will be held at the Prince Street Church on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 1 p.m. Pastors John W. Shadle and Nathan Boggs will officiate.

A viewing will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.

Burial will be in the Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens with Military Honors conducted by the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post #223 Minutemen.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mission Commission at Prince Street United Brethren Church, 20 N. Prince St., Shippensburg, PA 17257.

Online condolences may be expressed at the funeral home’s website.


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