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Place of Service
Chagnon Funeral Home
Onaway, Michigan

Time of Service
Tuesday December 10, 2013
7:00 p.m.

Officiated By
Pastor Bob Coen, Hospice Chaplain

Place of Visitation
Chagnon Funeral Home
Onaway, Michigan

Time of Visitation
Tuesday December 10, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Special Prayer Service
Military Honors by VFW Post 5857
Tuesday December 10, 2013
7:00 p.m.

Donald Dawson

Nov. 1, 1936 - Dec. 5, 2013

Donald A. Dawson, age 77, of Millersburg, died on Thursday December 5, 2013 at Golden Beach Manor in Millersburg.  The son of Jasper and Ruby (McCullen) Dawson, Donald was born in Pontiac on November 1, 1936.  He married Roxanna Gurney on June 14, 1958 in Waterford.  They were married 41 years at the time of Roxanna's death in 1999.

In 2000, Donald retired from the American Plastic Toy Company where he had worked as a machine maintenance technician.  After retiring, Donald moved to North Carolina where he lived for several years before moving to the Onaway area.  A veteran of the United States Air Force, Donald was a licensed airplane pilot and enjoyed flying.  He loved the outdoors of Northern Michigan and for years enjoyed going "up north" to visit the family property in Millersburg.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, and snowmobiling.  Family was very important to Donald and he was especially fond of his grandchildren and great grandchildren and had nicknames for all of them.  He was a special grandfather. 

Surviving Donald are his two daughters, Elizabeth (Gary) Fagel of Millersburg and Teresa (Mike) Wickings of Highland; five granddaughters, Sherry (CJ) Hansen of Sparta, Heather Morell (Russell Price) of Indian River, Amanda (Josh) Coggins of Ann Arbor,  Melissa Wickings (Alex Mirelez) of Holly, and Amy Wickings of Highland; as well as great grandchildren, Addyson, Chance, Starlit, Morrigan, Mason, and Kerrigan.  He also leaves his brothers, Richard (Kathy) of Waterford, Bob (Gloria) and Gary (Linda), both of White Lake; and many nieces and nephews. 

Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Roxanna; and sisters, Vivian, Vera, Bethel, and Dorothy.

Cremation arrangements were in care of the Chagnon Funeral Home.  A memorial service including Military Honors by Onaway VFW Post 5857 will be held at the Chagnon Funeral Home in Onaway on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm.  Donald's family will receive friends from 6 pm until the time of the memorial service.  Pastor Bob Coen, Hospice of the Straits and Vitalcare chaplain will officiate.  Donations to honor the memory of Donald should be given to Hospice of the Straits or to the Alzheimer's Association.

There will be memorial service and military honors for Donald in Waterford on Thursday December 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donelson, Johns, and Evans Funeral Home at 5391 Highland Road.  Donald's family will receive friends from 6 pm - 7 pm. 

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  • April & Jeff Bentley
    Dec. 6, 2013

    Liz,  Gary & family,
    Our hearts go out to you all for your loss of your father, grandfather, uncle. We will keep you in our prayers.

  • Melody and Bill Beswick
    Dec. 6, 2013

    Liz, Gary and family,
    We are so sorry about the loss of your dad. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you.

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