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Richard LeRoy Hawk

Tracy Defense Depot/U.S. Army Veteran

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POSTED October 21, 2009 2:57 a.m.
Richard “Rick” LeRoy Hawk, 58, passed away suddenly on October 16, 2009 in Manteca. He was born June 8, 1951 in Portland, Oregon, to Nevin & Virginia Hawk. His early years were spent in Oregon, growing up in Clatskanie and Rainier. It was August 1964 when his parents decided to move to California, he has now called  Manteca home for over 45 years.

After graduating in 1969 from Manteca High School he joined the United States Army and served in Germany and in the Vietnam War. It wasn’t until after his honorable discharge in 1972 that his family learned that Rick wasn’t sent to Vietnam, he volunteered to go. He was proud to serve his country and wanted to be where all the action was. Once settling back home in Manteca he worked for Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass plant for 10 years. He then went on and was still currently working for Tracy Defense Depot.

Rick enjoyed many things in life, both as a child and an adult, he look forward to family camping trips. His love for music was shared by the entire Hawk family; always keeping them close. Rick held on to his love for music, he attended many concerts and took it ever further and learned to play the guitar. He’d often gather with family and friends and they’d have jam sessions at the house, where everyone was involved. He also enjoyed monster truck shows and car races.

Rick was a fun loving guy with a great personality and a generous heart. He was truly loved by all who knew him and he will be missed dearly, but never forgotten.

He leaves behind his parents, Nevin & Virginia Hawk; three sisters, Cheryl Lambert and brother-in-law Larry, Donna Ramos and Michelle Burton, all of Manteca; daughter, Jena Hawk of Stockton and grandson Anthony Hawk. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.  

P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca, is handling Mr. Hawk’s funeral arrangements. The family is welcoming friends at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Chapel on Friday, October 23, 2009 from 10 a.m. to noon for a visitation. His Celebration of Life will immediately follow at noon. He will be laid to rest at St. John’s Cemetery, where our local VFW will be presenting Military Honors. An online guest book is available at for remembrances and signing.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
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