Robert Eugene Hawkins
Robert Eugene Hawkins of Lake Oswego died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in Portland from complications following a long battle with leukemia. He was 68.
Robert was born to Eugene and Molly Hawkins in Lebanon. Growing up, he lived in many places along the Western Coast, from Juneau, Alaska, to Mexico City, where, in 1962, he met his future wife, Mary. He went on to marry the love of his life and they recently celebrated their 47th anniversary. He graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls and then Lewis & Clark College with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Keeping with family tradition, Robert chose to return to the lumber industry which he had known as a child-a long career that took him on many adventures all over the world. During this time of his life, he also raised three children who have always meant everything to him. After 20 years in the lumber business, he embarked on a second successful career in the electronics and security components industry. Robert retired from GE Securities as director of technical services after many years, making many lifelong friends. The final chapter of Robert's professional career was at S.R. Smith in Canby, where he was welcomed by old friends and embraced new challenges. He worked until he could no longer continue without aggressive treatment for his illness. Robert dearly enjoyed the many relationships he developed with his colleagues throughout the years and he took great satisfaction in "getting the job done right." Robert dedicated himself to providing a safe, secure and happy home for his family. To all he met he was supportive, compassionate and deeply loved.
For all those who had the pleasure of meeting Robert, he will most likely be remembered for his extraordinary quick wit and charming disposition. Robert was loved and revered by so many because of the love he shared and that will forever be his legacy. In the past 10 years, Robert adored, above all else, spending time with his grandsons at "Papa's cabin in the woods" in Central Oregon, which was truly a dream come true for him. He had many hobbies and interests, but his main passion was woodworking. He loved to create treasures with his own two hands then give them away as tokens of his affection toward others. Robert also loved the outdoors, travel, listening to music, sitting by the fire surrounded by family, taking walks and making plans for the future with his family. Robert is now reunited with his mother, father and beloved son Jonathan who passed away in 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, William and Robert Hawkins; daughters-in-law, Jennifer and Sarah Hawkins; grandsons, Alex and Christian Hawkins; brother, William Hawkins and his wife, Renee; half sister, Nancy Turnillo; half brother, David Weber; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 15751 Quarry Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.
Memorials may be made to The National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1131 Mamoreneck Drive, White Plains, NY 10605 or a charity of your choice.