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Ronald A. "Ron" Hawthorne

Ronald A. “Ron” Hawthorne, 85, of Central City, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Central City. Rev. Richard Kothe will officiate. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Worms. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. All CDC guidelines will be followed in regards to social distancing and face masks will be required for both the visitation and funeral. Seating will be limited for the funeral; therefore, the public is encouraged to attend the visitation. The services will be livestreamed on Peters Funeral Home Facebook page. The direct link for that page is www.facebook.com/PetersFuneralHomeSP. Ron was born on Jan. 14, 1935, at Fullerton, the son of Samuel F. and Eunice V. (Good) Hawthorne. The family lived in various Nebraska communities before returning to the Fullerton area. Ron attended Fullerton High School for two years and then graduated from Palmer High School in 1953. He then worked for Dinsdale’s Feed Lot in Palmer. In his early years Ron was known in Central Nebraska for being a top Golden Gloves boxer and later in life continued to coach many young men in the ring. Ron proudly served in the Army reserves and Nebraska National Guard from 1953 to 1958. He was united in marriage to Jeanette J. Peters on June 26, 1955, at Zion Lutheran Church in Worms. The couple were blessed with three sons: Tom, Scott and Dave. The couple farmed northwest of St. Libory and operated a Grade A Dairy. In 1969, the family moved to Central City, where Ron was employed by Bill’s Volume Sales. He and Jeanette, also opened and operated a youth center in Central City for several years. In 1973, Ron became the original founder of Central City Scale, Inc. and one of the first to make an exclusive agricultural scale business. He was a visionary, but also someone who deeply cared about his family and friends. If you were lucky enough to have met him, you know he was a man of great humor and sharp intellect. After over 40 years in business, Ron left behind a company to his sons Tom, Scott, and Dave, that only he could have built. Ron was excited to see a third generation becoming involved in the company to help carry on the family legacy. He was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Worms and later joined St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Central City. In recent years, Ron spent most of his retirement working on the family farm and traveling. Ron enjoyed playing cards and gathering with friends and family for a bite to eat. What he enjoyed most was reminiscing about times of the past. Ron was truly happy with the life he led and we are proud to have called him dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. He will be deeply missed not only by his family, but his many friends, business associates and the entire community. He is survived by his sons and their spouses, Tom and Hanna Hawthorne and Scott and Deb Hawthorne, all of Central City, and Dave Hawthorne of St. Libory; his grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Matt (Bobbi), Annie, Jon (Brooke) and Joe; his great-grandchildren, Hayden, Hayes, Jaxon, Jameson, Raelyn, Brynlee and Nash; brother, Bob Hawthorne of Columbus; sister, Sharon Dabney of Wichita, KS; brother-in-law, Bob Cattau of Creston; sister-in-law, Velda Peters of St. Paul; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jeanette on Jan. 23, 2020; infant grandson, Samuel Hawthorne; great-grandson, Hunter Hawthorne; brother, Richard Hawthorne; sister, Shirley Cattau; sister-in-law, Pat Hawthorne; brother-in-law, Dick Dabney; in-laws, Walter and Florence Peters; and brother-in-law, Butch Peters. The family requests, that in lieu of flowers and plants, that memorials be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ron’s name.

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My condolences to the family on the loss of Ron. Marvin Peters

Marvin Peters Dec 31 2020 11:25 AM

My deepest sympathy to Tom's, Scott's and Dave on the loss of your Dad, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was a great guy who always made life interesting and fun family get togethers. Pranks, jokes and laughter was always part of our times together. He was so VERY proud of each and everyone of you and will be with you always in your hearts with the fun and serious times thru life. Carry on his legacy and be proud of all you have done and will do in your lives. He is with his Heavenly Father, wife, parents and many other family members looking down on you all. Cherish all the many many wonderful memories you have and know he is with you always. God is good. Love you all, Aunt Velda

Velda Peters Dec 30 2020 10:38 PM

What a wonderful tribute to a great man and a life well lived! The legacy that Ron has left is seen in the love of his family. We are all blessed to have known him... Iva and Russ Bolling

Iva Bolling Dec 30 2020 7:03 AM

I always enjoyed Ron and Jeanettes visits out here in Laughlin, Nv. He could always bring a smile to your face and was a great teaser!! He will be missed. A friend in Bullhead City...Doris Fleek

Doris Fleek Dec 29 2020 3:36 PM

I remember Ron as a man of great integrity and dependability. I had the privilege of dealing with him and depending on him many years ago when I was in the seed business and needed help with my weigh wagon. He was always so pleasant and accommodating. I pray God's amazing grace and strength upon all of Ron's family at this sad time. Rolen Sell

Rolen Sell Dec 29 2020 9:36 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ronald Hawthorne

Sharon Dabney Dec 28 2020 1:27 PM

Dear Scott, Deb and families, What an unsettling year ~ 2020 in retrospect. Having to briefly let go of their hands, this generation is "passing the torch" of family leadership and responsibility to us. Brian has such fond childhood memories with the Hawthorne family. We share our Christian sympathies with you at this sad time. May you mourn with the same faith and hope as those who have gone before us - that we are saved by trusting Jesus alone. Soon and very soon, the circle will be unbroken at the feet of Jesus for eternity. Lead On, O King Eternal. Fondly, Brian & Marcia Davis Fremont, NE

Marcia Davis Dec 28 2020 10:01 AM