Funeral services for William E. Dawson, 81, will be on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Visitation will be at Heritage Funeral home at 10:00am followed by Memorial Service at 11:00am with Dr. Weldon Bowling, officiating. Interment will be at Killeen Memorial Park after the service.
Mr. Dawson died May 9, 2013 at Scott & White Hospital. He was born Feb. 23, 1932 in Yates Center, KS to the late Harold Dawson and Evelyn Dawson (Nigh). He was raised in Edina, MO. He attended Edina High School.
After high school, he joined U. S. Army and retired after 26 years with the rank of Sergeant Major. He was veteran of the Korean War where he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He later went on to serve in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star. Among his awards were the Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), National Defense Service Medal with 1 Oak leaf cluster, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal , Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Korean Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
He worked as a Real Estate agent and retired a second time as a District Branch Manager of ITT Financial Services where he received the Super Star Award. He was as accomplished bowler, pool player and very active with his poker buddies – Tommy, Chuck, Charlie, Ed, Dale, George, Ruben, Woody Presley, Tony, and John. He also enjoyed woodworking.
He was an honest, God fearing, and a hard working man who loved his children and did everything he possibly could for them. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He adopted children from another country in the early 60’s without regard to society’s opinions or norms even before the Civil Rights Movement began, saying, “I didn’t care if anybody didn’t like the ethnicity of my sons.” He didn’t just say “Love” he showed it to his fellow man.
Mr. Dawson was preceded in death by, his parents; his beloved wife of 36 years, Carol Dee; a son, Danny L. Dawson, and his sister Thelma Ranck.
Survivors include: sons, Duane M. Dawson and wife Elizabeth(Puaoi) of Hawaii; Dean B. Dawson and wife Jo Ann of San Antonio; Dymon S. Dawson of Kansas City, KS; and Dion P. Dawson and wife Kathleen of Magnolia; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Honorary pall bearers include Jake Lester, Judy, Cathy, Tina and Linda (Ranck family), Albert J Rodriguez (Rod), Jerry Yotter, Duane Iokua Puaoi-Dawson, Loraine Lei Ilimalani Puaoi-Dawson, Dayton Kaimikaua Puaoi-Dawson, David Kaena Puaoi-Dawson, Brianna Dawson, Ivan Guerra, Jr., Antonio J. Guerra, Eva Dawson Corriell, David Dawson, Jennifer Dawson Krahnbuhl, Derek Dawson, Amanda Dawson, and Dakota Dawson.
Memorial may be made to the American Heart Association. .