Richard Joseph Hawk

Wednesday 8th of April 1931 - Tuesday 17th of January 2023

Richard Joseph Hawk

Services

Visitation

Jan 26, 2023 (5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

MIlward - Man O' War

1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY

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Visitation

Jan 27, 2023 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Cathedral of Christ the King

299 Colony Blvd., Lexington, KY

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Mass of Christian Burial

Jan 27, 2023 (11:00 am )

Cathedral of Christ the King

299 Colony Blvd., Lexington, KY

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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 Bonannos 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 IBMs 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 BlvdLexington, KYwill be held on Fri., Jan. 27th, beginning at 10:00 am, followed by the Funeral Massat 11:00 amInternment 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:

 

https://cathedralctk.org/livestream

 

 

www.milwardfuneral.com

 




Guest Book

Steve Schwaiger

says

So very sorry - hopefully loving and fond memories of all your years together will bring you some solice and peace at this time.

1 day ago

Ralph and Gerry

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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.

2 days ago

Donna Gravatte Smyser

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all.

6 days ago