A celebration of the life of Russell A. "Russ" Hawk, 80, of Dover, was Dec. 27, 2008, at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory in Dover. Rev. Michael Lowry officiated. Burial followed at Dover Burial Park. Following the service of committal, a meal was served at the Toland-Herzig Monarch Center, Dover. He passed away unexpectedly Dec. 23, 2008.

He was born Feb. 2, 1928 near Bakersville, and was the son of the late Albert and Christina (Ott) Hawk.

On Nov. 13, 1949, Russell married Wilma Bahmer. Together, they raised four children on a 100-acre farm near Bakersville, where they lived from 1949 until 1989.

During the early years, Russell was a self-employed pipeline contractor. In 1960, he founded Dover Contracting Inc., a successful pipeline company that he owned and operated for 48 years. After selling the company to Miller Pipeline Corp. in October of 2008, he remained a full-time consultant, which allowed him to continue doing the work that he always enjoyed.

Russell enjoyed watching sports and working in his yard, but above all, he loved to travel. He traveled extensively. He and Wilma visited many interesting places including Australia, Africa, South America and Asia.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Wilma Hawk; two daughters, Susan (Mark) Campbell of Newcomerstown and Judy (Andrew) Woodgeard of Springfield; two sons, David Hawk of Clover, S.C., and Gary Hawk of Mineral City; four grandchildren, Jennifer Fairchild of Clover, S.C., Sommer Fairchild of Sanford, Fla., and Morgan and David Hawk, both of Clover, S.C.; a great-granddaughter, Kennedy Hensley of Sanford, Fla.; four brothers, William (Maxine) Hawk of Dover, James (Phyllis) Hawk of New Philadelphia, Gordan (Marilyn) Hawk of East Sparta and Robert Hawk of West Lafayette; and two sisters, Nancy (Emil) Chovan of Massillon and Doris (Robert) Harstine of Baltic.

In addition to his parents, his sister-in-law, Betty Hawk, precedes Russ in death.

Those unable to attend or who wish to share a fond memory of Russell may do so by visiting the obituary link on the funeral home's Web site.