Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson, 76, of Dixon, died Saturday, July 28, 2018, at his home in Dixon.

Richard worked as a truck operator for St. Mary’s Cement Plant in Dixon prior to his retirement.

Richard was born September 4, 1941 in Sterling, IL, the son of Francis Dawson and Mildred Thormahlen.  He married Patricia A. Kernes on December 14, 1979 in Dixon and she preceded him in death on March 22, 2015. Richard served in the United States Navy.  He enjoyed drinking beer and watching the Bears with Jada, his pug, and his Siamese cats, Slick and Fluffy.

He is survived by his mother Alice Hart of CA; one daughter, Traci Russell of Rock Falls; two step-sons, Franklin D. (Christy) Schmall, Brett (Jacqueline) Schmall both of Dixon; two brothers, Donn (Susan) Dawson, Dave (Janet) Dawson both of CA; four grandchildren Patrick W. Schmall, Ashley Schmall, A.J. Schmall, and Aidan Schmall all of Dixon.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and one son Jeff Powell.

Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Last Stop in Dixon from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Burial of cremated remains with full military honors will be 11:00 am on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon for Richard and Patricia Dawson.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

Arrangements are being completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.

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