Lawrence H. "Shorty" Hawk

February 2, 1942 ~ January 20, 2019 (age 76)
Lawrence H. “Shorty” Hawk, age 76 of Thurman, IA passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, IA.

Shorty was born on February 2, 1942 in Nishnabotna, MO; the son of Ruben and Bessie (Johnson) Hawk.  He was united in marriage to Judy Robinson on December 3, 1963 in Tabor, IA and to this marriage two children were born:  Jeff and Kim.

He worked as a carpenter for Kiewit Construction for 48 years, before retiring at the age of 62.  After retiring, he took care of the Thurman Cemetery for nine years and he worked part time for the City of Sidney, performing various jobs.  He always liked being busy and enjoyed fishing, mowing and woodworking. He particularly liked making furniture and other things for his family and friends.

Shorty is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy Hawk of Thurman, IA; children:  Jeff Hawk and wife Patti of Nebraska City, NE and Kim Pigman and husband Richard of Minden, IA; four grandchildren; sister Norma Hulett and husband Gary of Rock Port, MO; other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and his beloved grandmother Louissa McGaffey.

A Graveside Funeral will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Thurman Cemetery in Thurman, IA.

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Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.
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