Richard Leen Hawkins 

July 14, 1940 - May 21, 2010

Reprinted from The Oregonian, June 2, 2010 online at

Richard 'Dick' Lee  was born July 14, 1940, in Carlton, Neb., to Rose Ella and Eldon Lavern Hawkins. He passed away at home May 21, 2010, of natural causes.

Richard graduated from Molalla Union High School in 1958. He learned how to weld at age 9 on a forge (like a blacksmith). He joined the U.S. Navy Oct. 30, 1958, and served nine years as a structural steel worker. He worked for McDonald's Campers for three years and for White Water Marine until 1976.

In September 1976 he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and worked for Alaska Steel for five years as a fabricated steel worker. He then worked for civil service at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage until he retired in 2005. At his retirement party, one of his supervisors said, "Richard, you are a phenomenal welder. If the guys brought me something that they thought couldn't be done, I would go to Richard he would know how to fix or create it. If Richard said, 'I can't fix this' - I knew no one could."

 Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Ella Hawkins, April 21, 2004; son, Raymond "Richie" Llewellyn Hawkins, Aug. 29, 1977; and brother, Michael Dean Hawkins, May 16, 1993.

Richard is survived by his father, Eldon Lavern Hawkins of Molalla; wife, Nora Grace Hawkins of Anchorage; daughters, Sandra Lynn Sherry (David) of Minot, N.D., and Rachel Ann Hawkins of Anchorage; son, Denny K. Hawkins of Anchorage; grandchildren, Raymond Lee Hawkins (Jennifer) of Minot; Angela Marie Hebert of Anchorage; Richard Lee Osterhaus Jr. of Victor, Colo.; John Ray Hancock of Cripple Creek, Colo.; Cassandra Lynn Sherry of Minot; Caitie Crystal Harrold of Anchorage; and Travis Lee Hawkins of Colorado Springs, Colo. He also leaves great-grandchildren, Christian Anthony Kaster of Colorado Springs; Lenora Marie Hawkins, Rae Lynn Hawkins, and Sapphira Grace Hawkins, all of Minot; Daniel Troy Knue and Cassidy Leanne Knue of Pleasant Valley, Ariz.; Keara Lynn Collard of Cripple Creek; Jonathon Alexander Harding of Cripple Creek; Grace Kelly Osterhaus of Canon City, Colo.; and Malachi James Pixler of Minot; brother, Ronald Eugene Hawkins (Tammy) of Oregon City; sisters, Loretta June Keith of Las Vegas; Caroline Kay Toll of Oregon City; and Judy Ann Lanier of Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2010, in The Church of Christ on Fenton Avenue in Molalla.


(Reprinted from the online Anchorage Daily News, 05/26/10 - 05/28/10)

Richard "Rich" Lee Hawkins, 69, died of natural causes May 21, 2010, at home in Anchorage.

Richard was born July 14, 1940, in Nebraska. His family moved to Oregon when he was 2. Richard graduated from high school in Molalla, Ore., and attended college for four years after serving 6 1/2 years in the Navy.

Richard moved to Anchorage in 1976. He worked as a welder for Stack Steel and then went to work for the civil service at Elmendorf Air Force Base for 16 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Hawkins; son, Raymond Hawkins; and brother, Michael Hawkins.

He is survived by his father, Eldon L. Hawkins of Molalla; wife, Nora Hawkins of Anchorage; daughters, Sandra Sherry of North Dakota and Rachel Hawkins of Anchorage; son, Denny Hawkins of Anchorage; grandchildren, Lanora, Rae Lynn and Saphiria (North Dakota), Kiara, Jonathan and Grace (Colorado), Daniel and Cassidy (Arizona) and Travis (Colorado); brother, Ronald and family of Oregon City, Ore.; and sisters, June of Las Vegas, Nev., Kay of Oregon City and Judy of Gresham, Ore.

Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Home-Kehl's Chapel.

Published in from May 26 to May 28, 2010