Richard Allan Hawley, age 57, passed away September 16, 2020 after a 20 year battle with heart disease. He was born August 9, 1963. The only son of Richard Adelle “Dick” and Sherry (Slough) Hawley-Dixon. Both parents preceded him in death, along with all grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
Rich was the beloved husband of Brenda for 38 years when they met and married as young teenagers in 1982. That same year they lost their first-born son together, Richard Allan Hawley II “Little Richie” at 8 days old. Their baby was born on September 18th and died on September 26th.
Rich was the most loving, adoring, gentle, playful, and soft-spoken father of Brandy (Anthony), age 36 of Wayland. She and all of the beautiful grandchildren she blessed him with – Taylor, age 12, Brody, almost age 10, Elyse, age 1 ½, Elayna age 3 months, plus Vanessa, age 15, and Bryce, age 13 were the absolute pure joys of his life.
Rich was the most fun, friendly, calm, and laid back, easy-going man you met! He was a true people person who treated everyone like he knew them his whole life. He worked for Lacks Enterprises for over 33 years and had many good friends there. He also had a great sense of direction and loved to travel or drive around visiting friends and family. He also loved to fish, hunt, camp, and play all kinds of sports and games. He was really good at all of them too! A charming winner but gracious loser. He was especially skilled at golf, horseshoes and washers, bowling, etc. He became a big fan of stock car races and of course the Lions (when possible) and the Detroit Tigers.
Rich is survived by his three older sisters, Melody (Sean) Brooms of Fenwick, Kim of Ionia, Loree of Lakeview, and his six nephews that have all been asked to be Paul Bearers: Brad, Art, Frank, Josh, Robbie, Travis, and special friends. Tim Yoemans, Pat Ottobre, and many others.
He will be sadly, greatly, and dearly missed by all of us!
The Family will receive friends on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 5-8 p.m. at the Lehman Funeral Home, 220 Rich Street, Ionia. Burial will take place at Balcom Cemetery at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2020. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.
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