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Eugene “Gene” Hawkins

Saint Paul, MN

Eugene “Gene” Hawkins passed away peacefully with family surrounding him Monday, July 3, 2017 in Saint Paul, MN. He had just celebrated his 91st birthday. He was born June 27, 1926 in Minnesota.

Gene grew up in Hammond, WI and in 1944 joined the U.S. Navy, proudly serving on a sea plane tender, the USS Duxbury Bay, in the Sea of Japan. He served until 1946. After the war, he enrolled at Saint John ’s University in Collegeville, MN and graduated in 1950 with an Masters of Business Degree.

He married the love of his life, Voncelia (Celia) Hawkins/Clark of Hattiesburg, MS, November 17, 1951, in Hammond WI. They were devoted to one another until her death in 1995.

After marrying, Gene soon found himself in California where he was employed by The Walt Disney Company in the Burbank, CA studio from 1955 to 1988.

He and Celia retired in Camarillo. He enjoyed sports of all types and was an avid golfer. He loved the UCLA Bruins but never forgot his Badger and Packer loyalty. He was not only actively involved in numerous charities, but led many of them, including the Knights of Columbus in his parish community, Padre Serra, Camarillo. He is survived and mourned by many friends in Camarillo.

Gene’s generosity to family and friends, and most notably to strangers, cannot be measured. He gave of his time, his talents and his treasure every day. His ever present smile, optimism and his laughter will be missed by all. He simply was a gracious, decent and honorable man who led by his quiet example.

Gene was the beloved son of George and Mary Hawkins of Hammond, WI. He was the beloved brother of Mary Kathleen (Kay) and Delores (Dorie, aka “the Twirp”) and is survived by the eldest sibling, his devoted brother, George, of Saint Paul, MN. He is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews and now, both great, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday July 22 at Padre Serra Parish, 5205 Upland Rd, Camarillo, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at Santa Clara Cemetery, Oxnard.

In lieu of flowers, please send any gifts or donations to either: Lumen Christi Parish, 2055 Bohland Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55116 or Padre Serra Parish, 5205 Upland Rd, Camarillo, CA 93012.

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