Dr. Robert I. Hawkins, 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 1, 2022 at his home in Glen Ellyn. He was born in Lakeland, Florida on June 2, 1944 to William N. and Ruby Ivey Hawkins. Having moved to El Cajon, California in his youth, he graduated from Grossmont High School in 1962. Thereafter, he attended Northwestern University where he
met his future wife Jane the first week of school. They would marry in 1963 and have five children. Four survive: Michael (Meg) of Irving, TX, Stephanie of Norfolk, England, Alexander of Neenah, WI, and Adam (Maureen) of Evanston, IL. Six beloved grandsons also survive: William, Christopher, Conall, Aidan, Hugo, and Evan. Dr. Hawkins was preceded in death by his eldest son, Robert Andrew, and his parents. As well, his cherished shetland sheepdog, Ian.
Bob, with Jane at his side, went on to attend Northwestern University Dental School where he graduated in 1968. After a few years associating in dental practices in Riverside and Hinsdale, he opened his own office in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. In this community he would practice until his retirement in 2016. Throughout the years, Dr. Hawkins was active in the Chicago Dental Society, the American Dental Association, the West Suburban Branch of the CDS, and the Far West Study Club, holding various leadership positions. He was appointed to the DuPage County Board of Health and functioned as it's president in the latter years of his service. What made him happiest in his work life was the relationships that developed with patients and their families. He saw each one as a special friend. Retirement and losing contact with them was difficult.
Dr. Hawkins long-held faith in Jesus Christ was everpresent. He was active in church ministries throughout the years. He was a Bible Study Fellowship discussion group leader and a 32 year member of the Gideons International. In the last decade, he was active as a head usher and greeter at Gary Memorial United Methodist Church. Being a warm, people person, he enjoyed these positions meeting others coming for worship.
With Jane, Bob enjoyed travel, and endured being a patron of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 27 years. Golf, reading books on history, and doing New York Times Crossword puzzles were his favored activities in retirement.
Bob is now home with his Lord. All is well. All is well.
Visitation will be at the Leonard Memorial Funeral Home, 565 Duane St., Glen Ellyn, IL on Thursday, January 6 from 4 to 7 PM. The funeral service will be Friday, January 7 at 10:30 AM at Gary Memorial United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL.