Pastor Gilbert Eugene Hawkins, 86, Warsaw, passed away at 11:46 p.m. July 27, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.
He was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Stet, Mo., to Arthur M. and Sabrie Eden Hawkins. On Aug. 29, 1953, he married Rosella Mildred Hughes Hawkins, who survives in Warsaw.
He was a resident of Kosciusko County for the past 13 years, where he was a member of Lakeland Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw. He attended Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Ore., and then Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, graduating in 1955. He pastored for 70 years in Oregon, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren churches. He authored a book titled “Marriage Lasts a Lifetime,” and his life’s work was to further the Kingdom for Christ. He never missed an opportunity to share the story of God’s love and forgiveness to anyone he met. He finally gets to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Also surviving is his son, James “Jim” (and spouse Tami) Hawkins, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two daughters, Sandy (and spouse Steve) Barrett, Warsaw; and Gail (and spouse Dave) Rosner, Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren:  Shanda (and spouse Tom) Reed, Pennsylvania; Sabrie  and Sierra Rose Hawkins, Oklahoma City; Jason (and spouse Darcy) Barrett, Falls Church, Va.; Amber (and spouse Brian) Hodorek, Winona Lake; Heather (and spouse Rob) Chalfant, Warsaw; Ben, Josiah and Isaac Rosner, Fort Wayne; six great-grandchildren: Ashley, Alyssa and Julia Reed; Bode and Will Barrett; Barrett and Bianca Hodorek; and his brother, Leroy Hawkins, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, with Pastors Russ Simpson and John Sholly officiating. Graveside services and burial is in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Calling is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials to Lakeland Child Evangelism Ministries, P.O. Box 612, Winona Lake, IN 46590 and would be appreciated by his family.
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