Kenneth Michael “Kim” Hawkins, Sr.
September 5, 1954 – April 28, 2023
Kenneth Michael Hawkins, Sr., “Kim” was born on September 5, 1954 in Omaha, Nebraska to Fred Hopka Hawkins, Sr and Patricia “Tish” Gardiner Hawkins. In 1972, Kim graduated from Westside High School where he excelled in academics, baseball, football, and pretty much anything else that caught his fancy. He received his degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA in 1976, and his JD from Creighton University in Omaha in 1979. Kim passed away peacefully with his family at his side on April 28, 2023.
The very best moment of Kim’s life came on November 10, 1970 when he met Karen Harkert at the W. Clarke Swanson Library. One of the world’s truly great love stories began that night and bloomed fuller and brighter over the next 46 years. The two were married on August 14, 1976. They had three children: Kim Jr, Chris, and Ande. His children were his pride and joy, but his wife was the true light of his life. The two of them loved their travels to Europe, African safaris, and of course to their home in Vero Beach, Florida. But it never really mattered what they were doing or where they were; Kim just loved being with Karen, and you could see that in his eyes every single time he looked at her.
Kim loved hunting with Kim Jr and Chris, golfing with Ande, ski trips to Utah with his family, rooting for and being disappointed in the Huskers, playing with his grandchildren, pulling pranks on his family and friends, anything involving history, and taking every opportunity to teach something new to anyone who would let him. His humility, humor and wit were unrivaled, and Kim took every opportunity to find or create fun for his family and friends. His laugh, smile, and one-liners will be sorely missed but remembered joyfully forever.
As third-generation President & CEO, Kim transformed Hawkins Construction Company. Kim made the decision that Hawkins should become a road and bridge builder. His drive, vision and intelligence led Hawkins to be amongst the best civil contractors in the United States. He did it by empowering leaders and building a culture of continuous improvement. He fundamentally changed labor theory and in doing so established a standard of living, respect and pride for thousands of construction workers.
Kim was brilliant, caring, hilarious, thoughtful, intuitive, and humble. He held a deep belief in caring for our community and stressed constantly that importance to his children. He supported countless organizations in Nebraska, but his true passion was for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. He joined the Board of Directors in 1985, was chairman of the Board, served on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Board and later became Chairman Emeritus of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands Board. His favorite moments with the clubs were when he got to shake the hands of the new college scholarship recipients.
Kim is survived by his wife, Karen; children: Kim Jr (Amy), Chris (Kayla), and Ande (Adam); grandchildren: Riley, Jack, Addi, Colin, Hunter, Ben, Alex, Kimbo, JoJo, and Jacob; brother, Fred Jr.; sister, Susan Katelman; beloved sisters-in-law and brothers in law; nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Sr. and mother, Tish.
VISITATION: Tuesday, May 2nd from 5pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Wednesday, May 3rd at 10am at Morning Star Lutheran Church, 331 So. 85th Ave. Interment, Forest Lawn. Memorials are suggested to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands.
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will always remember my good friend his great family too.,,,
Loved the guy. Many hunting and fishing trips together. Best friends and soulmates. Will miss him always
May peace from God be with the Family.
Kim helped me be the person I am today. Fortunate enough to work for him and the company for Nine years.
On behalf of the Westside Class of 1972, we send our condolences and comforting prayers to Karen and the Hawkins family. Kim was a beloved member of our class. His contributions to our class were always generous and heartfelt. We will miss his warm smile and infectious sense of humor. Rest in heaven, Warrior!
Very sorry for your loss, Kim was an old friend.
We are very saddened to learn of Kim’s passing Karen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Jerry and Elizabeth
Me deepest condolences to the family at this time. May they find peace and comfort. It has been a pleasure working with their family.
Karen, I am sorry for your loss. May your life-long love story sustain you in the years ahead.
My heart is truly broken. I met Kim when I became the Hawkins Family Westside Boys & Girls Club Director in 2017. From the moment I met him he was a sweet, kind gentle soul. He always had a smile on his face and always made sure I was doing good and didn’t hesitate to let me know to keep up the good work! We always talked about being Virgo twins and would talk about our birthdays and what we were going to do on them. My condolences to the family and Mrs. Karen. Kim truly loved his family and Boys & Girls Club. ❤️🙏
May his soul rise and his body rest. What a wonderful man!
We are so very sorry for your loss of Kim. He was a wonderful man! Sending hugs, love and prayers..
Joni Craighead and Dick Hoback
My condolences to the entire Hawkins family, a caring man taken too soon. I handled his personal insurance for over 20 years at The Harry Koch Co. We only met once in person but I could tell from our phone conversations that he was a very caring and thoughtful person, patient and never demanding. Rest in peace.
wonderful man of intelligence,hard work and wit
Words cannot express my sympathy for Kim’s wife, Karen, his three children and his grandchildren. Kim made such an impact on the Gregory family, especially my husband, Jim, who worked under Kim for over 30 years. Kim’s guidance and faith in people made many feel his true belief in them. Such a true and unbelievable leader! “Leadership is about making others better as a result of you presence.and making sure that impact lasts in your absence”. May God hold Karen and the family in the palms of his hands during this difficult time.
Kim will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to Karen , Kim, jr, Chris and Ande . I was fortunate enough to work for him for 37 years . He was more than a generous employer . He was a good friend. Most people saw him as a dynamic leader with exceptional intellect & integrity. Those of us that knew him intimately saw even greater generosity and compassion. The construction industry lost a great leader/ I lost a great friend . We will always remember him with the greatest respect.
My deepest condolences to the wonderful family and good friends on your loss of Kim. As a law school classmate at Creighton, Kim brought a joie de vivre to all around him. I will always remember him with that contagious smile. His service to the Girls & Boys Club made such a difference to an untold number of children and teens. He leaves a legacy to his community and his company. Kim will long be remembered. His life is his blessing. Sending sympathy fondly from Austin, TX-Mary Lynn ‘79
A truly outstanding man in every facet of life. A Ft rue leader in the community and a godly family man. The loss of this man will be felt for years to come.
I love your family. What a gift to Omaha and beyond in too many ways to count
So sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. I remember working for Kim and being lucky to be able to call him a friend. Peace be with the entire Hawkins family.
Dear Karen,Kim Jr,Amy,Chris,Kayla,Ande,Adam and all Family,
Kim always put family first!
He left a legacy of caring for community and becoming a great leader in the construction Industry.
Rest In Peace dear Cousin.
Karen and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in your memories. Prayers for you all.
He just wasn’t a road and bridge builder, he was a ‘connector’ of lives, careers and families. We weren’t close, but when I first met him and I got a firm handshake, I knew the connection was made. My deepest sympathy to the Hawkins family, I will cherish my limited moments with Kim until we meet again.
Our deepest condolences to you and your family Karen. We are very sad to learn of Kim’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
I’m sharing twenty years’ fruition of my material supplier’s relationship with Kim: Kim, my counselor and friend, you were smart, demanding, creative, just, true, enthusiastic, joyful, kind, generous, and loyal. You were always happy for others’ success. My time with you was a blessing from God!
Karen and famiily, I’m so sorry to hear this news. I know he was s very generous person. Thinking of you. Pastor Sara
My condolences to the entire family. He was a customer of mine but made me feel just as much a friend…..always kind and caring person. He was the best!
I’m sorry for the loss in the Hawkins family. He was always an uplifting delight to be around. He’ll be in many thoughts and hearts for a lifetime to come.
I’m sorry to hear of such a loss in the Hawkins family. He was always an uplifting delight to be around. He will be in many thoughts and hearts for a lifetime to come.
Hawkins family, All our love and prayers in the loss of such an extraordinary man. He left an incredible legacy in all of you and in our community. With Deepest Sympathy, Bill. & Angela & Billy Cutler
Hawkins extended family,
Kim was loving to many and loved by many. May your grief pass swiftly…may God’s presence surround you in your sadness…and may you find comfort in great memories that last forever.
Karen and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. Know that all of you are being thought of and that prayers are being sent your way.
Arthritis Foundation Nebraska
Mrs. Hawkins, Ande, Chris, Kimmy, I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Mr. Hawkins—his personality, sense of humor, and generosity were unmatched. Sending you all my thoughts and prayers during this time.
Ande and family – our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Ande, you lit up every single time you spoke of your father and my hope for you is that your memories of him last forever! Hugs! Geoff and Liz Hall
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers. God Bless the Hawkins Family!
Our deepest sympathies to the Hawkins family and everyone at Hawkins Construction. Kim was a wonderful man.
Kim was a giant of a man. He will be missed by the B&G Clubs family and his commitment to Omaha will never be forgotten.
Karen and family, what a blessing he was to all of you. I hope and have confidence that you will be filled with memories and gratitude for the time God allowed for you to be with him in this life. I’ll pray for your healing, hope and peace that only God can provide. You are loved by the Wood family.
My sincere condolences to the Hawkins family.
So many glorious times with Kim. Most often it was stepping out of some meeting and standing on the sidewalk and just talking about life. Perhaps the most politically astute person I ever saw.