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Ronald D. Hawkins age 77 of Knox City, Missouri passed away Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri.

Born June 2, 1922 at Canton, Missouri he was a son James K. and Edna Z. Watkins Hawkins. On July 8, 1972 at Maywood, MO he was united in marriage to Shirley Marie Anderson and she survives.

Also surviving are his father, James K. Hawkins of Canton, MO; one brother, Jim Hawkins and his wife, Judy of St. Louis, MO; three children, Roger Hawkins of Curryville, MO, Tammy Dye and her husband, Tom of Knox City, MO and Richard Hawkins and his wife, Chantell of Hannibal, MO; five grandchildren, Tyler Hawkins of Knoxville, TN, Traci Hawkins of Harrisonville, MO, Robert M. Hawkins of Edina, MO and Holly and Hannah Dye both of Knox City, MO; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and two sons, Robert Gene Hawkins and Steve Hawkins.

Mr. Hawkins was a graduate of Knox County Schools and served his country in the United States Navy from 1952 through 1965 during the Korean Conflict. He received special commendation from the Department of the Navy for his courageous action of diving into a swift current and shark infested waters at Big Pines Key, FL to rescue from drowning a nine year old daughter of an Air Commodore.

Ronald was a life long resident of the Knox City and LaBelle communities. He was employed in construction by the Charles Industries of Canton, MO. His memberships included the Knox City American Legion Post and the Wyaconda Salem Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, reading and in earlier days hunter and fishing.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Pastor Sandy Browning will officiate the services. Musical selections will be ”Blue Moon” recorded by Patsy Kline and “Amazing Grace” recorded by Leann Rimes. Visitation will be held after 1:00 p.m., Sunday until the time of services.

Burial will be at the Knox City Cemetery at Knox City, MO with military graveside honors conducted by the Knox City American Legion Post #358. Casket bearers will be Jonah Lewis, James Ben McKay, Tom Dye, Tracey Kessler, Pat Powell and Chris Bell. Honorary bearers will be Dusty Anderson, Brandon Wolter and Randy Parton.