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Nevin LeRoy Hawk
World War II veteran
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Nevin LeRoy Hawk died at the Manteca Care Home on April 12, 2010 at the age of 85. He was born on August 22, 1924 in Buhl, Idaho to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Lula Hawk.

When Nevin was 3 years old his parents moved to the Longville Kelso, Washington area and later to Clatskanie, Oregon where he attended Clatskanie grade school and high school. While in school he joined their drum and bugle corps traveling to many destinations including San Francisco and Los Angeles marching in parades. Their group won several championships throughout the years. He also played “Taps” at many funerals in the area.

After high school he joined the “Navy Sea Bees” in World War II serving his country in the Pacific Theater. He was on Iwo Jima when they raised the famous US flag. After his honorable discharge he came back home to marry his high school sweetheart Virginia Mustola. They were married on December 15, 1946.

He was employed at the Beaver Army Terminal in Clatskanie until August 1964. After the Terminal’s closure he was transferred to Sharpe Army Depot in Lathrop, California making his residence in Manteca until his time of death.

 After he retired at the age of 55 he and his wife Virginia traveled throughout the United States going to his military reunions. He was president of his group for three years. They would also frequently visit their favorite spots in Palm Springs and Spy Valley Park in Southern California every winter.

When at home he loved working in his yard every day and was known to have the neatest yard in the court. His hobbies were coin collecting and watching football on TV. He loved his family more than anything in the world and always put them first before himself.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Manteca and a lifetime member of VFW Post 2994 in Clatskanie, Oregon and the Tracy Elks Lodge in Tracy, California.

His survivors include his wife Virginia and 3 daughters; Cheryl Lambert and her husband Larry, Donna Ramos and Michelle Burton, all of Manteca. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren; Mathew and Elizabeth Ramos, Ashley and Brandon Burton, all of Manteca and Jena Hawk of Stockton, and 2 great-grandchildren Brandon Burton Jr. and Anthony Dossie, both of Manteca. He joins his only son in heaven Richard Hawk as well as his granddaughter Renee Ramos; his brother Eldon Hawk and his parents.

 Mr. Hawk’s services are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. A visitation will be held on Monday April 19, 2010 from 1 to 5 p.m. held at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Road, Manteca. A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday April 20, 2010 at 1 p.m. also held at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at St. John’s Cemetery.  An on-line guest book is available at          
 Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, April 15, 2010