Larry Joe Hawkins, 74, Galveston, passed away at 11:08 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at The VA Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born March 23, 1943, in Kokomo to the late William Clark and Betty (Hoover) Hawkins.
Larry graduated from Galveston High School in 1961. After high school, Larry joined the United States Marine Corp. from 1961 to 1966 and protected his country during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He traveled the world to places such as the Philippines, Cuba, Japan and Vietnam. He was a proud Marine and was a lifetime member of the American Legion. Larry was Town Marshall in Galveston for eight years.
Afterwards, he was self-employed as a semi-truck driver. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle all over the country such as Pike's Peak and the Dragon's Tale. Larry also coordinated the "Super T" Motorcycle Ride in honor of his brother, Terry. He served as president of the F.O.P. for the State of Indiana for one year and was also a firefighter for the Galveston Fire Department.
Surviving is son, Eric Wade (Tiffany) Hawkins; two grandchildren, Haven Hawkins and Adaline Hawkins; brother, Ron (Angie Mucker) Hawkins; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by son, William Clark "Biff" Hawkins II; brother, Terry Hawkins; and sister, Connie Johnson.
A special thank you to the staff of both the VA Hospital and VA House in Indianapolis for all their care and compassion.
There will be a visitation for Larry on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Galveston United Methodist Church, 515 S. Maple St., Galveston, IN 46932. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, with one hour visitation prior to service also at the church. Rev. Tom Hoffmeyer will officiate and burial will follow at Galveston Cemetery with full military rites being performed by the Cass County VFW military rites team and the United States Marine Corp.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in Larry's name to Galveston Fire Department or the VA House in Indianapolis. Envelopes will be provided at the church. You are invited to read Larry's obituary at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com, where you may leave an online condolence for the family. Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Published on August 13, 2017