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In Memory of Arthur Franklin Hawkinson


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday May 13, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016


10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday May 14, 2021
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Friday May 14, 2021
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Arthur Franklin Hawkinson, age 83, of Hudson, Wisconsin passed away May 8, 2021 at Region’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota after complications from a previous stroke. He was born July 19, 1937 to Clifford and Edna (Hollenbeck) Hawkinson in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Art was raised in Jordon, Montana. After graduating from Garfield County High School, he joined the United States Navy. After his four years of enlistment, Art married Nancy Lorraine Gartmann, October 15, 1960, a union blessed with 58 years and four children. He worked for Dictaphone and 3M before opening Art’s Auto Parts in downtown Hudson 1969, a town staple until his retirement in 1993. Art was also very proud of the home he built in St. Joseph where he and Nancy raised their family. The two were very active genealogists and grew Christmas trees for many years.

Art will be remembered by his four children; Ken (Debbie) Hawkinson, Jay Hawkinson, Karine (Matt) Maynard, and Robyn (Jeff) Wefel, nine grandchildren; Julia (Patrick) Callaghan, Jakob Wilson, Ford (Kaitlyn) Hawkinson, Elaine (Zack) De Moulin, Ben Hawkinson, Nick Hawkinson, Sarah Hawkinson, Anthony Wefel, and Carter Wefel, his sisters; Caroline Ashcraft and Frances (Henry) Greaux, brother-in-law Bob (Faye) Gartmann; sister-in-law Chris Gartmann, as well as many other nieces, nephews and extended family members. Art is proceeded in death by his wife Nancy, sister Dorothy (Harlan) Krinke, brother Chet Spracklin, and his parents.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 PM, Thursday, May 13, 2021 the O’Connell Family Funeral Home 520 S. 11th Street, Hudson WI 54016, and also one hour prior to the Catholic Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM Friday May 14, 2021 at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Hudson. Following which, he will be laid to rest next to Nancy at Willow River Cemetery, Hudson. 

Service will be live streamed through St. Patrick’s Facebook page

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    • I met Art at his auto parts business… I managed a business in town that dealt a lot with Art auto parts and Bob… Always enjoyed our interactions.. My deepest symphony.. Cherish the memories…

    • Deepest sympathy to all of you. I first got to know Art when I got a driver’s license in 1972 and started frequenting Art’s Auto Parts. I learned almost all I know about mechanical things from Art and Bob. Art was always willing to share his knowledge with ANYONE with an incredible amount of patience. Take care and have peace in knowing how many people whose lives he touched.
      Bob and Jane

    • My sincerest condolences to the entire family! Such a great man he was. I have incredible memories of Art, especially the ones of my dad bringing me down to the auto parts store on Sat. mornings as art would let me tinker with what ever was available,while dad and Art and the other usual suspects had coffee and talked smart!! I usually left with dirty little hands and a sucker. Great family get-togethers out at the house were always fun…..I hope you all will find peace as you navigate through this difficult time♡♡
      Tim & Sandra Meyer

    • Our sincere condolences to you on the passing of your dad. Your mother was a particular friend of mine through our historical, research, genealogy, and preservation interests. And, through Nancy, we considered Art to be a friend, too. They were both treasures to our community and to all who knew them. Always shining through was the love and pride they felt for all of you. Prayers and healing thoughts, Eldora and Tom Larson

    • Dear Hawkinson Family,
      You’re all a testament to the wonderful parents/grandparents you had. Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us.
      They were so proud of each and every one of you. Their eyes would light up when they talked about your latest exploits.
      In sympathy,