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Richard K. Dawson Obituary


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“Dave, I will always remember the wonderful smile on "Pappy's" face when I worked at REI. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Donna Kemp ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Donna Kemp - Indianapolis, IN

“So sorry for your loss, Joan I will be in contact with you. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Wanda Smith - Noblesville, IN

“So sorry to hear of the loss of our neighbor. Always enjoyed seeing him working in the front yard. Our thought and prayers are with you at this...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Lorna Enyart - Westfield, IN

“To the Dawson family...you have my sincere sympathy. I'll always remember Dick's smile during the years we worked together at the Jolietville...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Margie Smith - Westfield, IN

“To the Dawson Family: I feel like I have been part of your family for over 25 years, not only as a financial advisor, but also as a friend. I'll...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Tom Carpenter - Indianapolis, IN

“Dave & Carrie, Sorry for you loss but also celebrating that your Dad is doing the things he loves most with our heavenly father. Praying for you...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Robin Lee, Genesis Church - IN

“To all the Dawson family may God hold all of you in his hands and help you through this sad time in your life it is hard at first but it doese get...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Joe - Noblesville, IN

“Judy and I want to express our sympathy to Joan, David & Debbie & the entire Dawson Family. We have always enjoyed our visits and Dick's warm humor...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Frank & Judy Dietz - TX

“Our sympathy to Joan, David & Debbie & the Dawson Family. Dick will be missed always and forever. We were all blessed to know him and call him our...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Wilbur & Betty Hamblin - IN

“Love Dad! I will miss you. See ya on the other side. How many lights were out when you got there? God got him a good one. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: David Dawson - Noblesville, IN

“I am so blessed to be a part of the Dawson family. Dick and Joan made me feel like family, the first time I visited. Papaw, I will miss you so much...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Carrie L. Dawson - Noblesville, IN

“Dear Dawson Family: Our staff is honored to have had the privilege of serving your family during the time of your loss. Warmest Regards, ...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Donna Bussell - Carmel, IN


Richard "Dick" Dawson, 74 of Westfield, passed away November 11, 2011. He was born in Indianapolis on April 8, 1937 to the late Oliver "Tub" and Jessie Cox Dawson. He was a 1955 graduate of Carmel High School. In his earlier years Dick farmed then worked for Farm Bureau Petroleum, Panhandle Eastern Gas Corporation, drove the school bus and finally owned Dawson Repair for 26 years. Dick grew up on a family farm established in the early 1800's near the north side of Indianapolis. The Dawson family had been active in the community where he and his father, Tub, helped build Union Chapel Methodist Church at 2720 E. 86th Street. After Dick met and fell in love with Joan, they were married in Union Chapel which made it extra special. Dick was actively involved in working with the youth groups at church where he was a role model and a positive influence in their lives. He enjoyed driving the school bus where he was known as "Pappy" to the children. Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Joan Allen Dawson; son, David (Carrie) Dawson; daughter, Deborah (Buddy) Presley and six grandchildren, Taylor and Nick Dawson, Eric, Morgan, Luke and Lauren Presley. Dick was a member of the Keystone Masonic Lodge #251. Family and friends will gather on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. followed by a Masonic Service at 6:30 p.m. in Christ United Methodist Church, of which Dick was a member. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. The family request in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Christ United Methodist Church, 318 N. Union Street, Westfield 46074, Open Doors of Westfield Washington Township, 110 Jersey Street, Westfield, IN 46074 or the National Adrenal Disease Foundation, 505 Northern Boulevard, Great Neck, NY, 11021. Envelopes available at the church. Arrangements and care entrusted to Bussell Family Funerals, 1621 E. Greyhound Pass.

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