Kim Hawkins Obituary, Omaha NE, Kim Hawkins Has Died
- john Gibson
Kim Hawkins Obituary, Death- Kim Hawkins was born on September 5, 1954, to Patricia “Tish” Gardiner Hawkins and Fred Hopka Hawkins, Sr. in Omaha, Nebraska. Kim excelled in academics, baseball, and football.
and pretty much anything else that piqued his interest at Westside High School, where he graduated in 1972. In 1976, he earned a Civil Engineering degree from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and in 1979, he earned a Juris Doctor from Creighton University in Omaha. On April 28, 2023, Kim passed away peacefully with his loved ones by his side. On November 10, 1970, Kim had the finest day of his life when he met Karen Harkert at the W. Clarke Swanson Library. That night, one of the truly great love stories in history began, and over the following 46 years, it blossomed fuller and brighter.
On August 14, 1976, the couple was hitched. They had three kids: Chris, Ande, and Kim Jr. Although his wife was the true love of his life, his children were his pride and joy. The two of them enjoyed visiting their house in Vero Beach, Florida as well as their vacations to Europe and on safari in Africa. Kim simply enjoyed being with Karen, and you could see that in his eyes every single time he looked at her. It didn’t really matter what they were doing or where they were, though.
Kim enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, pulling practical jokes on his family and friends, hunting with Kim Jr. and Chris, golfing with Ande, family ski trips to Utah, rooting for and being disappointed in the Huskers, and anything that involved learning something new. Kim always found or made fun of his family and friends because of his unmatched humility, humor, and wit. His grin, laugh, and one-liners will be greatly missed but will always bring us delight.
Kim changed Hawkins Construction Company as its President and CEO. Hawkins should become a road and bridge constructor, decided Kim. Hawkins is one of the top civil contractors in the United States thanks to his tenacity, insight, and intelligence. He achieved this by giving leaders more authority and creating a continuous improvement culture. By substantially altering labor theory, he helped thousands of construction workers achieve a standard of living and gain respect and pride.
Kim was intelligent, compassionate, funny, perceptive, and modest. He had a strong sense of responsibility for our community and always emphasized its value to his kids. He gave money to several causes throughout Nebraska, but the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands were the cause closest to his heart. He was elected to the board in 1985, served as its chairman, was elected to the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and later was elected Chairman Emeritus of the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. He enjoyed shaking the hands of the new college scholarship recipients the most during his time with the clubs.
Kim is remembered by his wife Karen, his children Kim Jr. (Amy), Chris (Kayla), and Ande (Adam), as well as his grandchildren Riley, Jack, Addi, Colin, Hunter, Ben, Alex, Kimbo, JoJo, and Jacob. He is also survived by his brother Fred Jr. and sister Susan Katelman, as well as his cherished sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Both his mother Tish and father Fred Sr. died before him.