Raymond T. Hawkins, #172, 1951 – 2012

Col Larry Trick reported that Spaatz #171, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond T. Hawkins, CAP, passed away in 2012.  His obituary from the Frederick (MD) News-Post is reprinted below.


Mr. Raymond T. Hawkins Jr., 61, of Bogota, Columbia, died Thursday, September 20, 2012 at his residence of Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was the loving husband of Ana (Lopez) Hawkins.

Born July 6, 1951, in Frederick, MD, he was the son of Gladys Hawkins and the late Raymond T. Hawkins, Sr.

As a young boy, he took piano lessons and played in his home town church in Bellsville, Michigan. In his teenage years, he was a devoted member of the Civil Air Patrol and received the rank of Lt. Col. He was known to “hang on the fence” at the airport waiting for a ride from any pilot that would take him up to the sky. He received his private pilot’s license soon after.

Raymond graduated from Gov. Thomas Johnson High in 1969 and then attended theUniversity of Maryland. Following the University of Maryland, he was recruited by the Rider Truck Company in Taylorsville, Michigan. He was promoted to CEO of the company until his retirement.

He married his wife, Ana and lived in Bogota, Columbia, forming the Columbia Secrets Company exporting Columbian hats.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his brothers, Lloyd Hawkins and wife Peggy of Greencastle, PA and Byron Hawkins and wife Nancy of Frederick, MD, beloved sister, Julie Blake of Myersville, MD, nieces, Megan, Tara and Heather Hawkins, nephew, Jeremy Hawkins.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Leon Hawkins.

Arrangements will be private. Online condolences may be shared at keeneybasford.com.

Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Sept. 22, 2012

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