July 20, 2022
Harry Richard Hawkins, Jr., 75, of Mt. Olive, Ill., died from complications arising from heart failure on the morning of July 16, 2022. Harry was born on Jan. 15, 1947, in Litchfield, to Harry Richard Hawkins, Sr. and Rita (Vogt) Hawkins. Harry married Rebecca Moscardelli on Oct. 19, 1974. She survives.
Harry graduated from Mt. Olive Community High School, attended Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla, and served honorably in the United States Army while stationed in Alaska. Harry valued his family and friends a great deal. In addition to enjoying golf, Harry was an avid card player, excelled at poley, and appreciated watching sports–particularly the erstwhile St. Louis Rams as well as St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Harry was the founder and president of Hawkeye Steel Sales as well as the founder and president of Titan Tube and Metal. He served as an alderman for the town of Mt. Olive and was a member of the Jaycees as well as the "Buckeyes."
Harry is survived by his wife, Rebecca Hawkins of Mt. Olive; his children, Gabriel Hawkins (wife, Nicole Schuster), Sarah Hawkins, and Daniel Hawkins (wife, Marissa Slattery Hawkins); his grandchildren, Anna Hawkins, Jack Hawkins, Noah Hawkins, Becca Hawkins, Wyatt Hawkins; and his siblings, Carol Viehweg, Irene Hindman, and Janet Hawkins.
A visitation will be held at Becker & Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive between 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Funeral services will take place at St. John Paul II in Mt. Olive on Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Olive Academic Foundation.