John Richard Hawkins III, 68

John Richard Hawkins III, 68 John Richard Hawkins III passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at the age of 68. Child of God. Beloved husband of Valerie. Loving father of Jamieson (John Krampf), John IV (Jillian), Michael (Jennipher) and Christopher. Devoted ďPa PaĒ of John, Rowan, Ryan and Colette. Brother to Gary (Susan) and Peter (Phyllis). Cherished son of Loretta and the late Rev. John Richard Hawkins Jr. Loved beyond measure, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. until the time of a service at noon at ALLIANCE BIBLE CHURCH, 13939 N. Cedarburg Road, Mequon. Luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Versiti Blood Research Institute.

Born in Bogota, N.J., John grew up in a loving home that fostered his quick wit, passion for knowledge, devotion of family and love of God and country. After earning his Bachelorís degree in English from Princeton University and a Masterís degree in Education from Smith College, John launched his teaching career. Following graduate school, he met the love of his life, Valerie Jacques and the two of them were married shortly thereafter. A promising new career in sales blossomed into a successful business ownership and brought the Hawkins household west to their eventual home in Mequon. It was there John and Valerie raised their four children and planted deep roots in the community. He became a local leader while serving as a Mequon alderman for 12 years and saw his career come full circle as a beloved teacher to students throughout the North Shore. Johnís humor, compassion and kindness will live forever in the life and souls of all who knew him.

The family is being served by Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Service, 10280 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53092, 262-241-8085, www.sbfhcs.com.