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Kermit W. Hawkinson

Kermit W. Hawkinson, 87, of Lynden, Wash., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. He was born Dec. 11, 1919, to Elmer and Gertrude Hawkinson in Scanlon Kermit was schooled in Scanlon and after graduation joined the United States...

Kermit W. Hawkinson, 87, of Lynden, Wash., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. He was born Dec. 11, 1919, to Elmer and Gertrude Hawkinson in Scanlon Kermit was schooled in Scanlon and after graduation joined the United States Navy. Stationed aboard the USS Vincennes, a heavy cruiser during World War II, the ship was sunk at Guadalcanal while Kermit was aboard. He was in the water without a life jacket from 11:30 p.m. until noon the next day. Kermit was also on board the USS Killen DD593, a destroyer, when it was hit by a torpedo and then limped its way to Australia for repair. After honorably serving his country for seven years aboard two hit ships, he was discharged from the Navy with the rank of Machinist Mate First Class. Shortly thereafter, he met his first wife, Bernice Utech, and together they had a son, Terry, and a daughter, Patricia. Bernice passed away after 24 years of marriage. Six years later Kermit met and married Edythe Carpenter, adding stepson, Allen, and stepdaughter, Diane, to the family. After 27 years of marriage, he was once again widowed. Kermit loved to fish and hunt. Together with his father and two brothers, the Hawkinson family created, manufactured and distributed the "The Hawks Jig" (fishing tackle) throughout the United States. Kermit retired from Conwed Corporation in Cloquet.

Kermit was preceded in death by his wives, Bernice and Edythe, and his son, Terry.

He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Cummings of Lynden; son, Allen (Debbie) Carpenter of Savage, Minn.; daughter, Diane (Raymond) Stang of Shakopee, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Sonia Hawkinson of Lacey, Wash.; brothers, Don (Evelyn) Hawkinson of Scanlon and Clint (Mary Jane) Hawkinson of Grand Rapids, Minn.; members of the Utech family in Cloquet; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Calvary Cemetery in Cloquet.

You may share your memories and condolences in the online guest book at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com .

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Arrangements are under the care of Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lynden, Wash.

August 15, 2007

  • Cloquet, Minn.
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