Paul Hawbaker Obituary

Paul S. Hawbaker
Paul S. Hawbaker

February 17, 1916 - December 23, 2003
Born in Dallas Center, IA
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Paul "Sammy" Samuel Hawbaker, 87, died December 23, 2003 of natural causes at Karen Acres Healthcare Center in Urbandale. Services will be 11 a.m., December 29 at Church of the Brethren, 1207 Ash, Dallas Center.

A lifelong resident and prominent retired farm businessman, farming 40 years in Dallas County. Mr. Hawbaker raised and and showed purebred spotted Poland china swine at local and regional events and the Iowa State Fair. Mr. Hawbaker was active in Dallas County 4-H, producing Grand and Reserve Champion beef cattle from his own herd on the Silver Stream Farm, west of Dallas Center. He was a salesman for Moorman Feeds and Heneke Sureway Hybrid seed corn. He was an avid rock hound and amateur archeologist, entertaining many youth groups on the subjects. He hosted an Iowa State Plowing Match. Mr. Hawbaker was a member of the Adel Raccoon Valley Sportsman Club, FFO, and local Farmers Co-op. His wide experience with the harvest operations and wonderful way of meeting the public, made him one of the most popular volunteers at Living History Farms, Urbandale, IA and helped invite the Pope to the farms.

Mr. Hawbaker started farming in 1940 on the Silver Stream Farm with horses and hand milked a herd of cows. The Massey Ferguson (MF) line of farm equipment intrigued Mr. Hawbaker, as he had the first five bottom plow in Dallas County and worked with MF on one of the 25 self-propelled combines produced nationally which was the forerunner of today's modern self-propelled combine harvesting equipment. In his later years Paul renewed a passion for poetry and composed many poems about farm life and life in general. Each Hawbaker reunion was highlighted by his wit in poetry. Mr. Hawbaker was an adventurer with a passion for life. He attended hog and cattle shows, enjoyed fishing, hunting and hunting for mushrooms. He also was compassionate and would drop his daily activites to help others.

Mr. Hawbaker is survived by four children, Myra Ann Hawbaker, Stephen Paul Hawbaker, Suzette Lynn Crees, and Lonnie Dean Hawbaker; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Wingert. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lydia; father, Samuel; two sisters, Mary Keller and Fannie Keller; and two brothers, Adin and Ezra; and grandson, Mathew Jones.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m., December 28 at Brandt's Funeral Home, 1301 Ash, Dallas Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Wragg-Copeland-Hawbaker Community Park Fund. Send to Charter Bank, 455 6th St., Waukee, IA 50263, the Dallas County 4-H or Living History Farms Church of the Land.




Brandt Dallas Center
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA US 50063
Sunday, December 28, 2003
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Church of the Brethren
1207 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA US 50063
Monday, December 29, 2003
11:00 AM
Brethren Cemetery
Panora, IA US
Monday, December 29, 2003


Living History Farms
2600 NW 111st Street
Urbandale, IA 50322