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James Richard Dawson August 18, 1934 - January 22, 2018

James Richard Dawson

1934 – 2018


Jim left this earth today to be with the love of his life, Anita, to whom he was married to for 58 years.
He leaves behind his 3 children, Lynn Hull of Turlock, Alan Dawson (Diane) of Santa Cruz, and Neal Dawson (Nancy) of El Portal; Also 2 grandchildren, Kayla Hull (Terry Edwards) of Stockton and Staff Sgt. Tyler Coyle of Gambrills, MD., currently serving in Afghanistan.
Jim was a proud member of the military. Serving 22 years and retiring as a Sgt. Major for the Iowa National Guard. During his time in the Guard he had a once in a lifetime experience. He had the honor of being on a security detail for JFK while he was running for President. Mr. Kennedy shook his hand and said, “Thank you for your service today.” That was a favorite memory Jim loved to share with everyone!
Jim retired from the USDA in 2000 after 31 years. The USDA took him and his family from Ft. Dodge, Iowa to California in 1973. While working for the USDA he served as President of the local Union.
After retiring, Jim loved to keep busy woodworking, traveling to Pismo Beach with Anita, helping friends, doing word search books and going to Perko’s on McHenry every Thursday for breakfast.
Jim had the gift of gab and didn’t know a stranger. He made friends everywhere he went and loved to tell stories of his life and he had plenty to tell.
The family would like to thank Memorial Hospital for their loving care.
Services will be held at Allen Mortuary on Monday, February 5th at 10am. A graveside service will follow at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the WWII Museum would be appreciated. Checks can be mailed to:
WWII Museum 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Jennifer Quinn says

    Jim I will miss your hugs every Sunday morning and your smile. You are a wonderful man and it was my privilege to know you. You are now reunited with your beautiful wife Anita. God bless your soul. Jennifer

  2. Nancy says

    Not only his warm smile will be missed and our time in the yard with all his cool gadgets But most of all he ALWAYS held my hand when I came to visit <3 You will be dearly missed <3

    Loving prayers sent gently on the breeze Let them sooth your soul now and always

    Much love Nancy

  3. Dawn Kreiss says

    Lynn, Tyler and Kayla
    Your Dad/Grandfather was such a gentle man and I will miss all his stories and jokes. May you find peace knowing he is with your Mom/Grandmother again. Love and miss you all. He will be missed but never forgotten! ♡♡♡

  4. Melissa Fmura says

    I will miss seeing Jim’s smiling face every Thursday morning at Perko’s. I loved hearing his stories and his jokes. He always loved making us laugh. I know Jim is now reunited with his love Anita, and looking over us. Heaven has another Angel. I’m so blessed to have known such a wonderful man. I will never forget him. Prayers and hugs to his family. Love, Mel

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