Jack Edward Hawk, 81 of Jackson, passed away Friday, April 21, 2023 at his home.
He was born December 26, 1941, in Vandalia, Illinois, to Jack Harold and Elizabeth "Betty" Dieckmann Hawk. He married Jeffry Lynne Boswell on June 24, 1961, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.
Jack enlisted in the United States Marines September 1959, and was honorably discharged in September 1963. While in the Marines, he was part of the first helicopter squadron to land in Vietnam. After returning from service, he went to work as an airplane mechanic for McDonald Douglas in Long Beach California. In 1975, he moved his family to Jackson and started a 23-year career with Procter and Gamble.
Through the years, he developed a love for muscle cars, drag racing, and mud racing. Jack was the Champion Mud Racer of Southeast Missouri and also the State of Missouri in 1982. He continued to drag race until 1999. Jack was also a member of the Cape Capaha Car Club.
In the blizzard of 1979, he assisted the County Commissioner, Gene Huckstep, in getting to the Cape County Courthouse to coordinate the county's efforts in getting supplies and help to where it was needed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jeffry Lynne Hawk of Jackson; two children, Chelley Lewis and Jason (Julie) Hawk of Jackson; six grandchildren, Levi and Logan Lewis, Megan (Payton) Beck, Colby Hawk, Brittney Hawk, and Natalie Hawk all of Jackson; one great-grandchild, Cooper Jack Beck; and a brother, Brad (Vickie) Kasten of Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 12 p.m., to service time, Friday, April 28, 2023, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home with the Rev. Jason Shaw officiating. Interment and military honors will follow at Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
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