Glenn E. Hawks, 81, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, August 8, 2016 at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Glenn was born December 11, 1934, in Gothenburg, Nebraska, to George and Anna (Bailey) Hawks. Glenn’s father died when he was seven years old and he moved in with the Bailey grandparents. Glenn’s mother then married Lewis Schultz and moved to Lexington, Nebraska where he attended high school.
On June 2, 1953, Glenn married JoAnne Warren in Lexington. Three children were blessed to this marriage: Scott, Jim and Lori.
Glenn started working for the City of Lexington on May 25, 1950, at the age of 15. His first job was mowing grass at the cemetery and parks. From there, he worked at the water department, and moved on to the electric department. He urged the establishment of the city maintainence building in the 1950s. When the city built the new maintainence building they named it in his honor. Over the course of his career, he has served foreman of most city utility and maintainence departments. In 2016, Community Services Director Glenn Hawks was honored with a 65 year Award, but in reality he wrapped up his 66th year in May. More than six and half decades is enough time to wear a lot of different hats, and throughout his service with the city, Hawks has done almost everything, from cutting grass in parks when he was 15 to overseeing that same parks system later in his career. He’s worked in the water department, climbed poles and done electrical work, overseen street improvements, and even managed the department that handled the landfill back when he said, “the city was still in that business.”
Glenn was a good athlete who enjoyed playing baseball and basketball. He enjoyed throwing horseshoes and traveled throughout the state playing in many tournaments. Glenn was an avid fisherman, which he passed down to his daughter and grandchildren. He also liked to hunt. Glenn and JoAnne traveled to Branson, Missouri for vacation for many years, which he continued to do after her death with his companion of 10 years Linda Linke. But most importantly, Glenn loved the city of Lexington. He was very humble and loved serving the people of Lexington. He will be greatly missed by the community.
Survivors include his children: Jim and wife Janelle Hawks, of North Platte, Nebraska; Lori MacDonald and significant other Kurt Grosshans of Lincoln, Nebraska; daughter-in-law: Kristi Hawks of Ardmore, Oklahoma; companion: Linda Linke of Cozad, Nebraska; six grandchildren: Matthew and wife Briana Hawks of Sutherland, Nebraska; Nate and wife Amy Hawks of North Platte; Jennifer and husband Jonathan Carter of Lincoln, Nebraska; Jordan MacDonald and significant other Kay Shaw of Lincoln, Nebraska; Ryan MacDonald of Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Leah MacDonald of Lincoln, Nebraska; six great-grandchildren with one on the way; brother: Bob and wife Genie Hawks of Lexington, Nebraska; two half-brothers: Lewis Jr. and wife Nancy Schultz of Cortez, Colorado; Ronnie and wife Judy Schultz of Ulysses, Kansas; three step-brothers: Gary and wife Edna Schultz of Lexington, Nebraska; Jerry and wife Carole Schultz of Pahrump, Nevada; and Terry and wife Audry Schultz of Manor, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, step-parents, wife JoAnne, son Scott, sister Georgia Ann Tappan and half-sister Patty Pickering.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 12, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Josh Stibb, officiating.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 11, 2016, from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com