Lifelong Carson City resident, Joseph T. Hawley, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday afternoon June 17, 2023. Joe was born October 13, 1932 and was 90 years old. He was born to Lucille (Talbot) Hawley and Albert M. Hawley Sr. in Harlem, Montana, but moved to Carson City at a young age where he attended Carson City schools until his graduation from Carson High School in 1951.
Joe married Barbara Jean Miller, his high school sweetheart on July 30, 1951. Joe enlisted on August 22, 1951 in the Nevada Army National Guard. He became a “Full Timer” shortly after and spent the next 41 years in a career that gave him great pleasure, pride and gratification. He attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major and retired on October 12, 1992.
Joe was extremely proud of his Native American heritage and was a member of the Fort Belknap Indian Community, home to the Assiniboine (Nakoda) and Gros Ventre (Aaniiih) indigenous people of North America.
Joe always loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter for big game and waterfowl. He was a member of the Canvasback Gun Club for many years and enjoyed spending time there with family and friends.
Joe is survived by his son, Al Hawley (Jill) of Dayton, daughter Lu Hawley of Chang Mai, Thailand, daughter Jan Leonard (Pete) of Carson City. Joe will long reside in the loving memory of his grandchildren Shari Peterman (Ed),of Twin Falls, Idaho, Ben Leonard (Shasta), of Minden, Laura Campbell (Sean), of Carson City, Zachary Hawley, of Hillsboro, Oregon, Matthew Hawley of Carson City and great-grandchildren , Brennan Peterman (Hannah) of Baird, Texas, Hawley Peterman and Emalia Peterman of Twin Falls, Idaho , Isaiah Campbell, Rudy Lu Leonard, Elijah Campbell, and Joseph Leonard.
A celebration of life will take place at 2pm on Saturday July 8, First Presbyterian Church of Carson City, 115 N. Division St, with a reception following in the Family Life center. Donations may be sent in memory of Joe to the First Presbyterian Church of Carson City.