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Glenn Hawks, 81 - August 08, 2016

Glenn E. Hawks, 81, of Lexington, originally of Gothenburg, passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Services were conducted on Friday, Aug. 12, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington with the Rev. Josh Stibb officiating. Interment took place at the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Hawks was born Dec. 11, 1934, at Gothenburg to George and Anna (Bailey) Hawks. His father died when he was seven years old and he moved in with the Bailey grandparents. His mother then married Lewis Schultz and moved to Lexington, where he attended high school.
On June 2, 1953, he married JoAnne Warren at Lexington. To this union, three children were born.
He started working for the City of Lexington on May 25, 1950, at the age of 15. His first job was mowing grass at the cemetery and parks. From there, he worked at the water department, then moving on to the electric department. He urged the establishment of the city maintenance building in the 1950s. When the city built the new maintenance building, they named it in his honor. Over the course of his career, he had served as foreman of most city utility and maintenance departments.
In 2016, Community Services Director Glenn Hawks was honored with a 65 year Award, but in reality he wrapped up his 66th year in May. More than six and a half decades was enough time to wear a lot of different hats, and throughout his service with the city, Hawks had done almost everything, from cutting grass in parks when he was 15 to overseeing that same parks system later in his career. He’s worked in the water department, climbed poles and did electrical work, overseen street improvements and even managed the department that handled the landfill back when he said, “the city was still in that business.”
Hawks was a good athlete who enjoyed playing baseball and basketball, according to family members. He also enjoyed throwing horseshoes and traveled throughout the state playing tournaments. He was an avid fisherman, which he passed down to his daughter and grandchildren, and he also liked to hunt.
?He and his wife traveled to Branson, MO, on vacations for many years, which he continued to do after her death with his companion of 10 years, Linda Linke.
Most importantly, he loved the city of Lexington, stated family members. He was very humble and loved serving the people of Lexington.
Hawks was preceded in death by: his parents, George and Anna; step-parents; his wife, JoAnne; a son, Scott; sister, Georgia Ann Tappan; half-sister, Patty Pickering.
Survivors include: his children—Jim (Janelle) Hawks, of North Platte and Lori MacDonald (Kurt Grosshans) of Lincoln; daughter-in-law, Kristi Hawks of Ardmore, OK; his companion, Linda Linke of Cozad; six grandchildren—Matthew (Briana) Hawks of Sutherland, Nate (Amy) Hawks of North Platte, Jennifer (Jonathan) Carter, Jordan MacDonald (Kay Shaw) and Leah MacDonald, all of Lincoln, and Ryan MacDonald of Stillwater, OK; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Bob (Genie) Hawks of Lexington; two half-brothers—Lewis Jr. (Nancy) Schultz of Cortez, CO, and Ronny (Judy) Schultz of Ulysses, KS; three step-brothers—Gary (Edna) Schultz of Lexington, Jerry (Carole) Schultz of Pahrump, NV, and Terry (Audry) Schultz of Manor, TX; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.