My Dad’s Homegoing

February 5, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve written here, and we’ve been super busy lately!  One reason is that we spent quite a good bit of time in West Virginia (at least, Hana Kate and I did) during the month of January, surrounding the time that my dad went home to heaven.  Most of those who know us personally were aware of his passing, but I thought I’d mention it here, though it is a few weeks after the fact.

Dad had bladder cancer that eventually spread to the rest of his body.  He died a peaceful, quiet death in his own bedroom.  And yet, he did not taste death; we were really the ones who experienced his death more than he did.  And now he lives more than we could ever imagine, for he is with Jesus.

Here was Dad’s obituary:

Marvin J. “Skip” Hawley, age 61, of Williamstown, West Virginia, went home to his Savior Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at his home following an eight year struggle with cancer.  He was born June 26, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Marvin J. and Dorothy Schimming Hawley. When Skip was four years old, he and his family moved to Ava, where he grew up. He was a 1965 graduate of Shenandoah High School in Sarahsville. In 1970, he was employed by the Central Ohio Coal Company, where he worked for over 25 years. After working at various mining jobs in Wyoming and West Virginia, he retired from Hobet Mining in Madison, West Virginia. He was an active member of Faith Bible Church in Williamstown, West Virginia.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce, whom he married October 17, 1981; five children, Michael (Joan) Hawley of Westerville, Mark Hawley of Portland, Oregon, Kelly (Erik) Klaustermeyer  of Hampton, Georgia, and Keren (Daniel) Threlfall and Mary Beth Hawley, both of Greenville, South Carolina; two grandchildren, Matthew Klaustermeyer [Ryan] and Hana Kate Threlfall; two sisters, Sandy Sklenar of Belle Valley and Deanna Hall of Las Vegas; one brother, Mark Hawley of Belle Valley; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Friday, January 23, 2009, from 2-4 and 6-8PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, and Saturday from 11AM-1PM at Faith Bible Church in Williamstown, West Virginia, followed by the funeral service at 1PM with Pastors Robert Smith and Bob Hodges officiating. A graveside service will be observed Sunday, January 25th at 3PM at Halleys Ridge Cemetery in Ava. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Wood County Christian School, 113 W. Ninth Street, Williamstown, West Virginia, 26187..

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  • Jess February 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm


    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  • Mary Ann February 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    So sorry. May your family feel God’s peace and arms of comfort around you in the coming months.

  • AmyG February 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  • kat February 6, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Not much to say that sounds any different but I’m glad you got to spend some time with him.

  • Rebecca Kelly Goernandt February 6, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Wow Keren! What a tough time for your family. Thanks for sharing that with us so that we can pray for you all. So happy to hear that he is with the Lord. You look a lot like your dad somehow… maybe the eyes?

  • Nelson March 3, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Just dropping by.Btw, you website have great content!

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