Orville David Hawkins, age 71, of Hutchinson, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at the Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
He was born March 5, 1944, in Anoka, the son of John S. and Mary Agnes (St. Arneaud) Hawkins. Orville grew up in the Minneapolis area, where he attended school. He was baptized, and later confirmed in the Christian faith.
Orville was inducted into the United States Army Sept. 18, 1963, and served two tours of combat in Vietnam. Upon being discharged, Orville returned to Minnesota, then relocated to California.
While in California, Orville was employed as a machinist. He moved back to Minnesota, and was employed for several years at Sterner Lighting in Winsted, also as a machinist.
Orville enjoyed spending time making clocks, wood working, and painting. He was an avid sports fan, and had enjoyed spending time on the golf course, especially with his brother, Dwight.
He is survived by his siblings, Ava (William) Flachmeyer of Hutchinson, and Dwight (Joan) Hawkins of Grove City; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Orville was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Albert Hawkins, John Hawkins, Kenneth Hawkins, Wendel Hawkins, and Delora Hilmanowski.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment of the urn will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.