Emmett J. "Speedy" Hawley

  • Born: July 15, 1923
  • Died: May 22, 2017
  • Location: Augusta, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home Cremation Care, Richland Chapel

9170 East D Avenue
Richland, MI 49083

Tel. (269) 629-6022

Tribute & Message From The Family

Emmett J. "Speedy" Hawley, 93, of Augusta, Michigan died 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017, after suffering a heart attack about 9:00 a.m. Therefore he had the pleasure of spending the last night of his life at home.

He was born July 15, 1923 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the son of Emmett and Florence (Egan) Hawley. Emmett was a lifelong area resident and honorably served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. He retired as a printer for James River Corporation in 1980, after more than 30 years. After retiring, he worked part-time as a driver for Weller Auto Parts.

In 1961, Emmett married Doris Jean Wood. Sadly he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean in, 1977. Surviving are a stepdaughter, Karen Curry; step grandchildren, Debbie and Jimmy Curry; his cherished dog, Duke; and several nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to his wife, Emmett was also preceded in death by a stepson, Dennis; sisters, Marie Rathburn, Mary Hedges, Betty Bedecs; and brothers, Harry, Raymond and Ernest Hawley.

Emmett was a member of Delton Seventh Day Adventist Church. He was very sociable and enjoyed dining at the Parkview Café, Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's.

Friends will be received 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Ave., Richland, MI. Memorial services will be held at the funeral home 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017. A luncheon will follow at Richland Community Center, 9400 East CD Ave., Richland, MI 49083. Emmett will be buried next to his wife at Hicks Cemetery in Pennfield Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, 2500 Watkins, Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49015. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Gary and I lived across the street from "Mr. Hawley" (would have never called him Emmett; we had toon much respect for him). We lived there from 1989-2004. He was a wonderful neighbor. He loved my cooking! We had a small 80th birthday dinner for him. He was a very special man. We loved him.

Posted by Eileen Buckley - orth Port, FL   June 10, 2017

Always with a joke or a smile, a "God Bless You!", Speedy lit up the room when he walked in. We will miss him and his stories of delivering telegrams by bike up Westnedge Hill! He was such a kind man, our lives are enriched for knowing him.

Posted by Jilisa Grooters Williams - Richland, MI   May 30, 2017


My great uncle Emmet. I was honored to be there Monday morning as you took your last breath peacefully. and entered your next journey to heaven.
Glad to be there to put you at peace with dignity that you so wanted.

Posted by A friend   May 28, 2017