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 Thief River Falls - Howard Hawkinson, 55, of Thief River Falls, died on Friday, July 1, 2005 near Sterling, N.D. as a result of a motorcycle accident. 
  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, at the Black River Lutheran Church in rural St. Hilaire, with Rev. Mark Helgeland officiating. Casket bearers included Shaun Hawkinson, Seth Hawkinson, Curtis Swanson, Lyle Swanson, Paul Hager, Steve Panek and Mike Hamm. Honorary casket bearers included Guy Kruse and Craig Folkedahl. Interment will follow in the Black River Cemetery. 
 Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. 
  Howard Wesley Hawkinson was born on February 16, 1950 to Lowell Harry and Vernice Helen (Priebe) Hawkinson in Thief River Falls. He was baptized and confirmed at Black River Lutheran Church. He grew up and was raised in Bray Township, Pennington County and attended school in St. Hilaire, graduating from Lincoln High School in Thief River  Falls in 1968.
  In Howard’s younger years, he worked at Arctic Cat and as a farm hand for St. Hilaire area farmers.  He was united in marriage to Candy Dial and to this union two sons were born, Shaun and Seth.  Howard started his own construction business called Hawk Builders, which he has operated for the past 25 years. He has built many garages, shingled many roofs, and remodeled many homes around Thief River Falls. In November of 1991 Howard and Marlene Johnson began dating and have been together ever since. 
  Howard in his younger years played softball with the St. Hilaire Bears, played guitar, and later went on to enjoy motorcycling, watching the Minnesota Vikings and movies.  Howard was dedicated to his business and spent many evenings and weekends working on his construction projects. Howard was a skilled mechanic who could build and repair machinery. 
  Howard is survived by his beloved partner Marlene Johnson of Thief River Falls; two sons, Shaun and Seth Hawkinson of Thief River Falls; one sister, Kathy Panek of Goodridge; two nieces; one nephew; two aunts and several cousins. 
  He was preceded in death by his parents.  A00003B2005JL06
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