Norris N. Hawkins, 77, of Le Mars died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Norris N. Hawkins was born March 28, 1927, on the family farm in Sioux Township, near Westfield, the son of Harry S. and Elva (King) Hawkins. He was baptized and confirmed at the Adaville United Methodist Church. Norris began his schooling in a country school in Sioux Township and later in schools in Westfield and Grant Township. He graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1944.
On Aug. 31, 1944, Norris enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp. He served his country during World War II as a mechanic and upon his honorable discharge on Nov. 20, 1946 returned to Plymouth County. Norris then pursued his education at South Dakota State University, graduating with a degree in agricultural economics in 1951.
Norris was united in marriage to Harriet Hawkins on June 5, 1952, at the Seney United Methodist Church. The couple lived on a farm two miles north of Seney. Norris taught recently discharged veterans at the Veterans School in Sioux Center from 1951 to 1954. Norris began his 37-year career with Le Mars Savings Bank in 1954. While working for the bank, he continued his education and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Banking in 1964. Norris retired from the Le Mars Bank and Trust in 1992 as senior vice president and trust officer and a member of the board of directors of the bank. Harriet died Sept. 18, 1974.
On Oct. 19, 1984, Norris was united in marriage to Patricia "Pat" (Welty) Moen at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars. Norris and Pat made their home in Le Mars.
Norris was a longtime member of the Le Mars Rotary, having served as president in 1974. Through Rotary International, Norris was honored with the Paul Harris Fellow award. He had served as the treasurer for the Le Mars Community School Board from 1964 to 1967. He had also served as treasurer for the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 for several years.
Church had always been very important to Norris. This began as a child attending the Adaville Methodist Church and continued at the Seney Methodist Church. He had served as a trustee and treasurer for the Seney Church for many years. As a member of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars, Norris had served as a deacon for a number of years.
Norris' greatest joy in life was his children, Gregg and Nancy. He enjoyed spending quality time with his children, from going on walks to helping with 4-H projects to taking family vacations. Norris enjoyed music, cherishing those times listening to his children play the piano and clarinet. In later years, he enjoyed listening to his grandchildren play the piano. He also enjoyed golfing and going for walks. While living in town, Norris walked to work most days.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Pat of Le Mars; 2 children, Gregg and his wife Diane Hawkins of Grinnell, and Nancy and her husband Gary Peace of Lee's Summit, Mo.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Lorvan and Phyllis Hawkins of Ireton and Royal and Dorothy Hawkins of Bloomington, Minn.; four grandchildren: Julie and her husband, Levi Dressler of Grinnell, Jen Hawkins of Grinnell and Bradford and Jackson Peace of Lee's Summit, Mo.; three stepsons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Sue Moen of Fairbank, Jeff and Yvonne Moen of Dixon, and Lynn and Dee Moen of Council Bluffs; six step-grandchildren, Josh, Chris, Katie, Blake, Mitch, and Hannah Moen; several nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Norris was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Elva (King) Hawkins; his wife, Harriet in 1974; a son, Joel in 1971; and a brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Leola Hawkins.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars. Interment with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars will be at the Seney Cemetery. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present to greet friends after 6 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Jim Hawkins, Jeff Hawkins, Bruce Hawkins, Greg Moen, Jeff Moen, Lynn Moen, Marvin Urban, and Arlie Pierson. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Board of Directors of the Le Mars Savings Bank in 1992.