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Herman “Butch” Hawn

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Herman Theordore “Butch” Hawn of Vanderbilt, formerly of Oakley, passed away at his home on March 5, 2019 at the age of 78.

Herman was born in Owosso, Michigan on April 7, 1940. He graduated from Chesaning Union High in 1959. He went on to marry the love of his life, Shirley Gibson, on September 26, 1959. Herman worked as a lather, carpenter and semi-truck driver.

He is preceded in death by his parents Theordore Hawn and Marie Munson.

Herman is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 59 years.

Herman is lovingly remembered by his children; Arlene (Randy) Kuchar, Jeff Hawn, Lori (Steve) Birchmeier, Janice Hawn, and Steven (Mara) Hawn; grandchildren Holly (Beau) and Travis Kuchar, Nicole (Patrick) Castoe, Blake (Elissa), Wesley (Emma) Birchmeier, Tiffany Hawn, Madden and Makenzie Hawn; great grandchildren, Zander and Jaxon Zakowicz. His sister Judy Sutter and additional family Cindy (John) Wood, Bob (Sue) Gibson and Russell Gibson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a monetary donation to the Department of Medicine (AR08) at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, to support Pulmonology Research. Herman suffered from Pulmonary Fibrosis and would love nothing more than to support the learning of young people, in hopes of assisting those who also suffer from this condition. You can donate by clicking this link https://givingto.msu.edu/gift/?sid=3926.

The family will not be accepting flowers at the funeral home, nor at the residence of Herman and Shirley.

Later details will be shared about a memorial service for the celebration of life of Herman T. Hawn, planned for the summer of 2019.

24 comments on “Herman “Butch” Hawn”

  1. Athol Evans And Sabrina Moore

    Our condolences to Shirley and her family. Your in our prayers. Herm was a wonderful man that was loved by many.

    • He is an awesome man. We will miss him greatly. It was great to have met him, and loved him, and his family.

      • Sandi Lamreaux and families

        Dear Shirley and families, what a loss of an awesome man we were proud to have known and loved. Just no words to express how much we will miss him. Prayers to all for comfort.

        • People pass through our lives and brighten our days, Butch was one of those individuals, who was always a good listener and ready share a story. We’ll miss him as a customer and true friend. May each who had the pleasure to know Herm Hawn share his sincere personality and love of life. May he rests in peace, knowing he’ll be remembered.

          • Becky Nietling Baxter

            I am so very sorry for your loss Hawn family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Herman will be missed.

            • Mike & "Bonnie" Zaborowski

              Shirley and Family – We extend our sympathy to you. Herm was a wonderful, kind man that made everyone feel special. He always had a smile and a welcoming hand shake. May he rest in peace.

              • Janet Shepard & family

                I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a great man. Husband, father, grampa, brother, friend; Herm was loved by all that knew him. Thoughts, hugs and prayers to family and friends. Herm will be missed.

                • Jim and Ellen Bonter

                  We just learned of Herm’s passing. We are stunned and saddened. We enjoyed every visit and conversation in the past and were looking forward to many more. Herm was admired as a true gentleman and we will miss him.

                  • Dear Shirley and family,
                    I am so sorry for your loss. Butch was a loving soul that always has a smile and a kind word. I treasure the memories I have with the entire Hawn family. I can still see him and my dad having coffee with the guys at the bonnymill. Sending love and prayers.
                    Carol Wirgau

                    • Patricia Schroeder

                      Sending hugs and love to the families of Herman! One great man, always a smile and positive attitude. You children were blessed to call him Dad. He will be missed. Take care of mom, as she will need you. So sorry for your loss. Pat and Art Schroeder and the Chesaning class of 1959!

                      • Dear Shirley & Family so sorry to hear of Herm’s passing always looked forward to visiting with You & Herm @ the store thinking of You all !

                        • Sandra Rogalski

                          Shirley My prayers go out to you and the children. I have to say that you and Butch were the most loving and close family. I could always tell there was lots of love. I remember the fun days that Jim and Butch had together and the little devilish things they did. Oh what fun we had. I always loved you two and you will be in my prayers. So glad you have such a wonderful family for backup. I love you and remember Butch is in heaven with God and in good hands.

                          • Karen and Frank Corrin

                            A very; special high school friend will be missed. We are so sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your family.

                            • Katie Jean Hartsell

                              LOVE AND HUGS TO YOU ALL! Uncle Butch had an infectious smile! He will be sorely missed, I am certain! Love to you Aunt Shirley.

                              • Karen (Drexler) Kruske

                                Shirley and family, I am sorry to hear of Herman’s passing. He was a valued part of the class of 1959 at Chesaning High School. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

                                • Mary McCullough

                                  Shirley and family, we are so very to hear of Herman’s passing. How fortunate we were to get to know him a bit better at Sarah’s wedding just a year ago. We will forever remember Herman’s sincere smile and kind eyes. He was certainly one of a kind. May the loving support of your family and friends bring you comfort during this most difficult time. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. Patrick and Mary McCullough

                                  • David Devereaux

                                    Shirley , I am sadden and sorry to hear of Herman passing. We have a lot of good memories of days passed.
                                    Prayers and condolence to all.

                                    • I’d like to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your husband and father.

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