John Hawkinson was born in Worthington, MN to Henry and Hazel Hawkinson on September 29, 1931. He grew up in Worthington and loved telling stories about hunting and fishing with friends and family there. After graduating from Worthington High School, he worked as a truck driver for Alfred Albinson and enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard. In 1951 he was called into service by the United States Army and served as a Sargent during the Korean War. During this time, he earned a Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars, a United Nations Service Medal and an Army Occupational Medal (Japan). He rarely spoke of his service other than to say, “We got a free ride to Inchon and we had to walk the rest of the way.” When he returned from Korea, he married his high school sweetheart, Pauline and attended the University of Minnesota earning a degree in Wildlife Conservation. He went to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. He worked at fish hatcheries throughout the Midwest. He served many years as the hatchery manager in Senecaville, OH where he raised bluegills, bass and catfish. He also raised saugeyes, a walleye/sauger hybrid, to stock Lake Erie during its restoration. He moved to Fairbanks, AK where he worked as a fishery biologist before returning to Senecaville and working on a project to reintroduce striped bass to the Chesapeake Bay. He retired in Senecaville where he and his wife built a home in which they lived for many years. It became a favorite place to visit by kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but gardening became his passion. He raised fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries and vegetables including some of the best asparagus found anywhere. In 2019 he and his wife moved into the Bluebird Retirement Community in London, Ohio.
He is remembered and terribly missed by his wife of 67 years, Pauline Hawkinson, his daughter Jacqueline Potts, his son Randall Hawkinson (Connie), five grandchildren: Aaron Hawkinson (Ginger), Hailey Dunn (Robert), Brandon Potts (Jeffrey Donovan), Jennifer Hensley (Joe) and Shelly Cain, and eight greatgrandchildren: Kyle, Levi, Mackenzie, Wyatt, Lily, Isaac, Ethan and Ellison.
The family is being served by the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, Ohio, where online condolences for the family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Ohio’s Hospice Loving Care at https://ohioshospicelovingcare.org/