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Robert L. "Bob" Hawkinson

Born: Sun., Aug. 1, 1948
Died: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sun., Sep. 17, 2017
Location: Florence-Carlton Community Church

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Florence - Robert L. “Bob” Hawkinson passed away at his home in Florence, Saturday Aug. 19, 2017. Bob was born August 1, 1948 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Leroy and Aldea (Julien) Hawkinson. The family traveled the western states finally settling in California where he received most of his education. He graduated from San Ramon High School in 1967. As a teen Bob loved coming to Montana to spend the summers with his brother Don's family. His brother introduced him to what was to become Bob's "hallowed ground" The Big Hole" ! He loved shooting gophers, fishing and camping under the Big Sky. In January of 1968 he joined the Army, Enlisting in Delta Company 101 1st Airborne, First of the twelfth, First Cav Division. Bob actively served his country in the Vietnam War, however his tour of duty was cut short, On November 4th 1969 as he was attempting to reach a wounded "brother" he was hit by enemy fire. In January of 1970 he was honorably discharged and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Air metal, National Defense Service metal, Vietnam Company metal, and Vietnam Service metal among others. The other memento he brought back from Vietnam was the bullet that he carried until he passed. Following his dream of living in the Big Sky Country, he moved to Florence to be near his brother where he would never miss a bunting season in the Big Hole! Bob married the girl "he stole from his best friend" on April 18th 1971, Dace Ruth Ohlson in Danville, California. The newlyweds made their home in Florence where raised their four boys. Thomas, Cole, Joshua, Shane and Chad. He is survived by his wife Dace; sons, Thomas Cole, Missoula, Joshua and his wife Jubereth, Troutville, Or., Shane ,Stevensville, Daughter-in-law Alisha Stevensville. Grandchildren: Mara, JJ, Jaden, Jeyanaah, Tyson, Alexis, Makena, and Mya. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Richard Calhoun, Calif., Sister-in-law Kathy Hawkinson, Florence Mother-in-law, Gloria Ohlson Danville, Calif. and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Preceding him in death was a grandson Beau and his youngest son Chad on May 24, 2017. Also preceding him were his parents, Aldea and Leroy, His sister Darlene Calhoun and his brother Don Hawkinson as well as his father-in-law Tom Ohlson. Full service and Military Honors will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at the Florence-Carlton Community Church.

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Royal & Vicky Crawford
   Posted Sun September 10, 2017
Dace & family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

M J Jarmon
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
Dace and the Hawkinson family and loved ones of Bob have my deepest sympathy. Our loving heavenly Father, Jehovah God (Psalm 83:18) gives us hope and comfort at Revelations 21: 4; "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Psalms 34:18 The family is in my prayers and I offer my heartfelt condolences.

Becki Sorenson
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
Dace and Shane, I am so sorry to hear about Bob. He was always so nice and fun to be around! I enjoyed our verbal sparring each time I was at your house with Marcy. My thoughts an prayers are with you now in this horrible time for your family. I hope you can find the peace that you deserve to get you guys thru this all.

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