WARRENVILLE, IL - William James Hawke Jr., age 86, died on December 27, 2012 in Warrenville, IL at his son's home surrounded by his loving family. Born December 14, 1926 in Negaunee, Michigan to William J. Hawke Sr. (1896-1952) and Dorothy E. (Wasmuth) Hawke (1897-1985), Bill was a lifelong resident of the community until moving to Illinois in September 2012 after his wife's death to live with his son and family.
He was a Life Member and past Treasurer of Negaunee Lodges F. & A. M. and R. A. M. and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a Life Member of the Elks Lodge and a former director of Ishpeming- Negaunee Big Brothers. He was a former 75-year member, and served as Senior Warden, of St. John's Episcopal Church.
Bill was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps who were U. P. Champs in 1938, the high school and city bands, and was a solo cornetist in his youth. He qualified for Officers Candidate School under the Military V5 and V12 programs prior to graduation from Negaunee High School in 1944, but was not accepted for service in the Armed Forces due to a severe asthmatic condition. This also limited his participation in athletics, except during the summer when he was an outstanding all- around fast pitch softball player. Bowling became his primary recreation during the rest of the year, receiving awards in every event including the U. P. Major Division Team Championship in 1965. Bill also rolled the only "300" game ever bowled in Negaunee at the Viga Lanes. He bowled for over 50 years enjoying the camaraderie of his teammates. From the early 1930's to the early 1950's, he enjoyed spending weekends and as much time as possible with his family at their camp on Big Shag Lake. He followed all sports, first on radio then on television, being a fan primarily of Michigan teams, including the Negaunee Miners. Bill also enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage which he learned as a youngster from his grandparents.
After graduating from high school and assisting the school in their preparation for the centennial, Bill was employed at the Negaunee Post Office from July 1, 1944 until November 22, 1947, when he joined the staff of the First National Bank of Negaunee; retiring as its Executive Vice President on June 1, 1990.
On September 5, 1953, Bill married the former Corrine M. Sandell, the love of his life for almost 59 years, until she passed away on August 9, 2012. Those who survive him, whom he loved very much, include one son, William Hawke III (Lucy) of Warrenville, IL; four daughters, Bonnie (Scott) Eaton of Batavia, IL, Cheryl (Gregory) Bowman of Green Bay, WI, Kristine Wallberg of Green Bay, and Yvonne (Gary) Boudreau of Naperville, IL; 12 grandchildren, William IV, Sarah (Travis) Edwards, Diane, and Stephen Hawke; Gregory Jr., Deanna, and David Bowman; Bonnie, Christopher, and James Wallberg; Christine and Bradley Boudreau; two great grandsons Taylor Bowman and Bryan Wallberg; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister Marian Lenten and brother-in-law Wilfred "Lefty" Lenten.
Honoring Bill's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service and burial of both Bill and Corrine will occur privately in Negaunee. Arrangements by DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel (630) 293-5200.