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DOWNEY - James W. "Bill" Hawkins passed away from cancer on Oct. 14 at the Hospice House in Whittier.
He was born May 27, 1928 in Los Angeles.
He was in the California 40th National Guard and served in the Korean War. He later worked for Penetone Corps. as a salesman.
He met and married Thelma Simpson June 21, 1952. They were married 61 years at the time of his death.
The couple raised two sons - Michael and Steven - and both attended Downey schools. Michael passed away in 1976 at the age of 20.
A memorial service was held Oct. 12 at Messiah Lutheran Church, where Bill and Thelma were members. Burial was at Rose Hills in Whittier.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma, and son, Steven.
Published: Oct. 17, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 27