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James "Jim" Hawkes

February 17, 1940 - July 18, 2020
South Haven, MI

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Hawkes, James "Jim" 2/17/1940 - 7/18/2020 South Haven Jim Hawkes, 80, of South Haven, died July 18, 2020, surrounded in love by his family at the Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Jim was born February 17, 1940 in Richwood, West Virginia to Edna (Bragg) and William Hawkes. In 1950, Mrs. Hawkes left the hills of West Virginia and moved to South Haven with her two young sons. Jim graduated from South Haven High School. He was a gifted athlete and an All-Star pitcher who threw many no-hitters for the Rams. The highlight of his high school career was playing baseball for the South Haven American Legion team in the 1955-56 seasons. After graduation, Jim attended Western Michigan University where he pitched for the Broncos. After college, Jim received professional baseball offers but declined to spend time with his family and start his career in business. For 12 years, Jim and Marilyn co-owned and operated CareerPro, a successful client services business in Naperville, IL. A kind, honest and personable businessman, Jim turned his customers into friends. Jim and his wife lived in the Chicago suburbs for several years where they both cared for Marilyn's parents until they passed. Jim was excited to move back to South Haven, the town he loved. He and Marilyn spent countless hours walking on the beach, listening to the waves and sharing South Haven sunsets. Many happy times were spent with his former teammates and shared with his close family of reunited high school friends. Jim loved LifeBridge Church, his pastor Milan, his Bible study groups and his supportive church family. He loved the Chicago Bears, chocolate in any form, peanut butter, reading his Bible or a good book, golf, watching sports and Jeopardy. Jim's greatest love was his wife, Marilyn. They were devoted to one another, soul mates whose special bond inspired many. They spent every day of their 43-year marriage together as Jim continued to search for the perfect rose to give her. Shortly before he died, Jim whispered to Marilyn, "In life, everyone gets one special person. You are My Person." He is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn, of South Haven; three sons, Jon (Jackie) of Hastings; David (Cheryl) of Plainwell; Bob (Jodi) of Plainwell; 17 loving grandchildren, cherished great-grandson, Jack Hawkes; many nieces and nephews; two brothers, Tom (Charlene) of Kalamazoo; Mike (Linda) of Thornton, Colorado; and one sister, Twila (Phil) Calder of Herriman, Utah. Jim is also survived by the mother of his sons, Marilyn (Jim) Engberts of Kalamazoo. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Kim Mihalek. Celebration of Life arrangements will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Hawkes Family at 1076 S. Bailey Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family's online guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com. The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333