Richard Joseph Hawk
Wednesday 8th of April 1931 - Tuesday 17th of January 2023
MIlward - Man O' War
1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY
Mass of Christian Burial
Richard Joseph Hawk, 91, passed away in Lexington, KY, on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, with his family by his side.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth A. Hawk (Pothast); brothers Robert G. Hawk (Janet) and J. Thomas Hawk (Marilyn); three children, Steven R. Hawk (Jennifer), of Nokomis, FL, Daniel J. Hawk (Nora), of Huntsville, AL, and Diane M. Evans (Christopher), of Lexington, KY; as well as seven grandchildren: Matthew Evans, Jacqueline Evans, Abigail Palazzo (Joseph), Anne Caroline Hawk, Ryan Hawk, Tyler Keel, and Natalie Keel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his parents Burns F. Hawk and Gertrude M. Hawk (Vincke), father-in-law Aloysius Pothast, mother-in-law Irene Pothast (Gerdeman), and daughter-in-law Deborah M. Hawk (Herendeen).
Born on April 8, 1931, in Lima, Ohio, Richard graduated high school from Saint Gerard School in Lima, where he excelled both academically and on the varsity baseball and basketball teams. He proudly worked as a clerk, butcher, and manager at Seitz Market (formerly Bonanno’s Market) in Lima. He attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Math and Physics. Following college graduation, Richard took a position with IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY, as a computer programmer working on the operating systems and languages of IBM’s pioneering mainframe computers. That same year he married Ruth A. Pothast of Fort Jennings, OH.
After twelve years living in the Hudson Valley of New York working for IBM, and after the births of their three children, Richard and Ruth moved to Lexington, KY, in 1974, where Richard took a new position with IBM. In Lexington, he was a devoted parishioner of Christ the King Cathedral for over 48 years. He also served as a dedicated coach of boys and girls basketball at Christ the King School from 1975 to 1983.
Richard retired from IBM as a Senior Program Development Manager in 1991. He joyfully welcomed the arrival of his grandchildren and enjoyed many Carolina beach vacations with his entire family, as well as Florida beach time with just he and Ruth. He was an avid golfer, tennis player, and basketball player, coach and fan. He also enjoyed woodworking, including making the family dinner table, chess boards, and numerous other pieces of hardwood furniture and household items. But most of all, he enjoyed finding ways to help friends, family and the community.
Evening visitation will be Thurs., Jan. 26th, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Milward-Man O’ War, 1509 Trent Boulevard, Lexington, KY. A morning visitation at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd, Lexington, KY, will be held on Fri., Jan. 27th, beginning at 10:00 am, followed by the Funeral Massat 11:00 am. Internment at Calvary Cemetery will be on Mon., Jan. 30th, at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to one of the following charities: Cathedral of Christ the King or the Catholic Action Center.
For those unable to attend in person, the Mass will be livestreamed at:
So very sorry - hopefully loving and fond memories of all your years together will bring you some solice and peace at this time.
Ralph and Gerrysays
So sorry. Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We remember seeing Dick at Henry’s in Ottawa. He was a good person. God Bless.
Donna Gravatte Smysersays
I'm so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all.