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Alton Hawkos, 86

Alton Vernon Hawkos, 86, formerly of Star Prairie, Wis., passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 23, in Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Cloquet, Minn.

He was born Sept. 17, 1925 in Portage, Wis., to Hubert and Cecelia Hawkos of Rio, Wis. Alton graduated from Rio High School in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He became a naval aviation radioman and served in the South Pacific on an aircraft carrier during WWII. After the war, he attended the University of WI and received an appointment to the U.S. Postal Service. Alton worked for the .U.S Postal Service-Railway Mail Service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago for over 20 years. His career also included data systems supervisor at the St. Paul Post Office and temporary assignments as post master of suburban post offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota until retiring as post master of Marine on St. Croix, Minn., in 1980.

Alton was an active participant in his church and community, being a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Star Prairie Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Shrine Club, Order of the Eastern Star, and the New Richmond American Legion. His interests were many. He especially enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, and keeping up with the news.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; and his favorite cousins, Laverne and Gordon Hawkos.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Lorraine (Anderson) of Cloquet; daughters, Alexandra Hawkos of Denver, Dianne Barkos of Cloquet, Laura (Edward) Kosciuch of Denver, Christine (Paul) Rajkowski of St. Cloud, and Shelley Hawkos of South Salem, N.Y.; one brother, Thomas Hawkos of Windsor, Wis.; grandchildren, Misha, Alia and Cole Barkos, Laine, Ethan, and Keenan Rajkowski, Skylar Kosciuch, Calloway, Nathaniel, and Joshua Carlotto.

Visitation: 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the New Richmond Masonic Temple, 119 E. 2nd St., New Richmond, Wis. Celebration of life services, including Eastern Star and Masonic Rites, will begin at 6:30 p.m. A light supper will follow. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner, Wis.

Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.

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