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Pharmacist retires after 40 years of service to Hy-Vee

Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 11:38 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 11:39 a.m. CST

Pharmacist Ron Hawk has announced his retirement for the end of the month after serving Hy-Vee for more than 40 years.

In 1973, Ron began his career at the Ankeny Drugstore and transferred to Newton in 1974. He was promoted to pharmacy manager in 1979. Ron will retire from the Newton grocery store, where he has been since 2009 as a registered pharmacist.

“It has been a great pleasure to have gotten to know Ron. He has been a huge asset in the success of the Newton pharmacy. He will be missed by his customers and pharmacy team,” Newton Hy-Vee Store Director Jason Crocker said.

Ron and his wife, Susan, have two children, Ben and Gina. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, reading, traveling, and working on his farm. His retirement plans include enjoying his hobbies and interests, volunteering, and spending more time with his grandchildren. Ron has enjoyed his tenure as a pharmacist for Hy-Vee. He especially has enjoyed working with his interns and youth over the years and watching them grow and mature into caring employees.

Cake will be served for his retirement party from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at Hy-Vee.