William Lucian Hawk, Sr.
William Lucian Hawk, Sr., 89, of Minerva passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012, in his home surrounded by his loving family.
BIll was born in Carrollton, OH on July 2, 1922, the son of the late Robert D and Mary (Gantz) Hawk He spent his childhood in Carrolton with his sister Nina Mae.
He served in the U.S. Navy as a 2nd Cl. Motor Machinist Mate in WW II in the Pacific - Philippines Liberation, participating in fourteen invasions.
He was a member of Minerva United Methodist Church, Carroll County Vets, a life member of American Legion, past president of Stark County Chapter of Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, F. O. P., Stark County Police Chiefs. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, boating and spending time with his family.
He worked as a welder at Republic Steel before coming to Minerva in 1954 as a patrolman with the Minerva Police Department. In a short period of time he was promoted to captain and then chief, retiring in 1983.
He received the Mayor's Citation from the City of Canton for his dedication and service during the Professional Football Hall of Fame upon his retirement, A VFW Citation of Appreciation for service, and was a founding member of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. Mayor Dick Mount declared March 28, 1983, "Bill Hawk Day."
Bill provided a watchful eye over Johnny Cash and his family when they visited Minerva. During the years they became good friends with Johnny sending him a gift upon Bill's retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean (Nichols) Hawk; two daughters, Judy L. (James) Gram of Minerva, and Sheri J. (Rick) Armes of Paris; two sons, Jerry A. (Susan) Hawk of Minerva, and William L. (Susan) Hawk Jr. of Alliance; a step daughter, Rhonda A. Mitchell, of Spiro, OK; a sister, Nina M. Sheldon, of Carrollton; grandchildren Jerry (Hether) Hawk II, Jennifer (Richard) Waugh, Michelle Kurzinsky, Billie Jo Hawk, Valerie (Jody) Loper, Steffany (Mathias) Locklear, and Joshua Burchett; step-grandchildren Annissa Mitchell, Brandi Mitchell, and Shelby (James) Whatley15 great-grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and three great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one grandchild.
Following cremation, private services will be held at the convenience of family.
Friends may express condolences at www.bartleyfuneralhome.com.