William “Glenn” Hawley, 79, of Pittsburg passed at 12:15 a.m. Friday October 8, 2010 at St. John’s Medical Center in Joplin, Mo after an eight year battle with leukemia (CLL).
Glenn was born in 1931 in Pittsburg to William Ralph and Ella Mae Hawley. He attended Pittsburg High School (class of 1949) and from 1950 to 1954 he served in the U.S. Air Force as a radio operator at the Kadena early warning radar site based on Okinawa Japan.
Soon after returning from Okinawa, Glenn met Irma “Tookie” Hoefling. Completely smitten, he proposed one month later and they were married eleven weeks after the day they met. They enjoyed 56 wonderful years together; she survives and lives at the family home in Pittsburg.
Prior to and after his military service, Glenn worked as a brick mason in Pittsburg and Kansas City, Kan. In Pittsburg, some of his craftsmanship can be seen at the former City Hall building (at Fourth and Pine); the Armory Building; Tanner and Whitesitt Halls on the campus of Pittsburg State University; the initial remodeling of the First United Methodist Church; the former Pepsi bottling plant (across from the original Pittsburg High School); and many homes, businesses, schools, churches, and factories across Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
From 1969 to 1982 Glenn was an insurance agent with Metropolitan Life in Pittsburg. Later, he sold real estate in Pittsburg and in Grove, Okla. After “retiring” he enjoyed selling boats at Barker’s Edgewater Marine in Grove, although some might say he bought nearly as many boats as he sold. And, as a dear friend has said, “You could never try to locate him in town by the vehicle he was driving. He was always buying, fixing up, selling, moving on to something new – he had a real knack for that.”
Glenn lived life to the fullest. Always full of enthusiasm and ready to go, he infected everyone around him with his spirit. He also understood that the real satisfaction in life came from family and friends. He never met a stranger, always had an entertaining story to tell, and saw the good in everybody and everything.
From the 1960s through the 1980s he was an active volunteer with Boy Scouts of America, including leadership positions such as Osage District Commissioner of the Mo-Kan Area Council. In 1982 Glenn was presented with the distinguished Silver Beaver Award (one of the highest awards the BSA bestows) for his significant impact and years of dedication.
Glenn exhibited his compassion by donating time to many charitable organizations. He volunteered with the United Way for many years and chaired the annual fund drive in 1985. He was also active involved in many YMCA fund drives.
An enthusiastic supporter of Pittsburg High School’s Purple Dragons, Glenn dedicated time and energy to Band Boosters and the Quarterback Club, where he was President during the 1977 season.
Glenn was active in the First United Methodist Churches in Pittsburg and in Grove, Okla. He ushered and served on numerous committees in both locations.
In addition to his wife, Irma, he is survived by his son, Kirk Hawley and daugther-in-law Debbie (Kennett) Hawley of Pittsburg; daughter, Kimra Hawley and son-in-law Thomas van Overbeek of San Jose, Calif.; grandson, Kristopher Hawley of Manhattan, Kan.; sister and brother-in-law, Carol (Hawley) and Gerald Hoffman of Grove, Okla.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. David Croy M.D. and the staff at St. John’s Medical Center in Joplin for their exceptionally competent and compassionate care over the years.
Visitation was held on Monday, October 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brenner Mortuary. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg and the family will receive friends following the service. Private family burial will take place at a later date.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg KS 66762.