Stewart Parker Hawk, 74, of Huron, lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky.
He was born in Shelby, Ohio, on Sept. 14, 1933. As a young boy he was quite ambitious, collecting scrap metal and old newspapers which he sold for money to help with family expenses. He mowed many lawns in Shelby and carried newspapers, having as many as seven paper routes at a time. Upon graduation from Shelby High School in 1951, he entered a dual-degree program with Case Institute of Technology and Marietta College, graduating with honors in 1956, with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and mechanical engineering.
As project engineer for the Sandusky Foundry and Machine Co., he spent time supervising the start-up of new foundries in Glenrothes, Scotland, and Mihara, Japan, in addition to his duties in Sandusky. He served in the United States Army and Army Reserves from 1957-59.
After receiving his master's degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Toledo in 1964, he moved to Horsburgh & Scott Co. in Cleveland. Beginning there as a design engineer, he rose to become chief engineer of gears.
He also served in various engineering positions at Union Carbide Ferro Alloys in Ashtabula, Ohio, Cleveland Crane Co., Dravo Wellman Co., and P&H Cranes. In 1985, he returned to Sandusky Foundry as chief engineer and remained there until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of the American Gear Manufacturers Association.
As a youth, he attended the First Christian Church in Shelby. He was a devoted Cleveland Indians fan, and was a great supporter of public radio and television. Recently, he volunteered for the Erie County Democratic Party. He enjoyed fishing, boating and camping.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy McGuire Young Hawk, whom he wed on Aug. 30, 2002; a son, Stewart Parker Hawk of Shelby; a daughter, Cheryl Lynn Hawk of Akron, Ohio; their mother, Carol B. Hawk of Jefferson, Ohio; a sister, Mary Jo Huffman of Dallas, Texas; seven nieces and nephews and their spouses; Nancy's children, Barbara (David) Lazarony Jr. of Pacific Grove, Calif.; Kimberly (Christopher) Mehling of Lakewood, Ohio; M. Jared (Jody) Young of Vickery; and Daniel (Amy) Young of Toledo, Ohio; four step-grandchildren; his aunt and uncle, Evelyn and Don Yarman of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Stewart Hawk, in 1999; his mother Dorothy Irene (Wilkinson) Hawk in 2007; and a nephew.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, and from 10-11 a.m. Friday, at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio. The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home, by the Rev. Brad Mc Bee, pastor of the First Christian Church. Burial will be in London Cemetery, east of Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to the Shelby Academic Boosters or Shelby Athletic Boosters. The family would appreciate condolences at turnerfuneralhomeshelby.com.