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 Ronald Holmes Hawk Sr.

 Ronald Holmes Hawk, Sr., 88, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:00 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Grace Village Healthcare, Winona Lake.

Born on January 2, 1935, in Page, West Virginia, he was a son of the late Howard R. and Olive Marie (Lint) Hawk. Growing up in Pennsylvania, he worked in his father’s coal mine from an early age.

Taking a job at the Ford Engine Plant in Brook Park, Ohio, he moved to the Cleveland area. He then took a job in the excavating business, where he drove a truck hauling heavy equipment.

While living in Ohio, he met and wed Nancy Mills. The couple made their home in Valley City, OH, raising seven children. In 1973, they moved to a farm near North Manchester. The couple divorced. In 1983, Ronald moved to Andrews, where he met and married Bernadine Ross.  The couple owned and operated Bernie’s Sports Bar in Andrews.  Bernadine died on December 6, 2002. On April 28, 2004, he married Helen Keffer Twigg.  They later divorced but remained a couple.

In 2014, he retired to South Whitley.  Through the years, Ron enjoyed horses, raising draft and saddle horses.  With his love of horses, he befriended the local Amish farmers, sharing their horse interests. Keeping busy, he could be found tinkering around his home or tending to his garden.

Surviving are his children, Rebecca Shelton and Margaret Lovett, both of North Manchester, Ronald (Jenny) Hawk, Jr. of Claypool, James (Estelle) Hawk of Andrews, Jackie (Ronald) Smart of Huntington, and Edward Hawk of Indianapolis; his companion, Helen Hawk of South Whitley; step-children, Grant (Roxie) Watkins of Andrews and Karen Monroe of Huntington; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister Lorene Schrader of Washington state.

Additionally, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joanne Hawk; his first wife, Nancy Lee Hawk; brothers, Raymond, Carl, and Frank Hawk; sons-in-law, Ralph Lovett and Bill Shelton; and a grandson-in-law.

A memorial gathering is Saturday (January 6th) from 3 to 5 p.m. with a service at 5 p.m. at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley.  Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Andrews.

Memorials in Ron’s honor are to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.