Maurice L. Dawson, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, of St. Louis, Michigan, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at Schnepp Health Care Center at the age of 89.
Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, MI, on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at 2 p.m. with Mr. Keith Wise officiating. Burial will take place at North Star Cemetery, North Star, MI. Visitation was held on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. with family present from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. and Monday, August 25, 2014 from 1 p.m. until the time of service at Smith Family Funeral Homes St. Louis Chapel.
Maurice was born in Marion, Michigan on June 27, 1925, the son of Alva L. and Mary Irene (Bruce) Dawson. He graduated from Ithaca High School with the class of 1947. On April 25, 1947 he married Virginia Baker in Ithaca, Michigan. He grew up in Gladwin, and moved to Ithaca where he met and married the love of his life, Virginia. He resided most of his life in St. Louis, Michigan, and also lived in Port St. Joe, Florida, from 1959-1967. Maurice served his country in the US Navy on a wooden mine sweeper and in Alaska during WWII.
He had worked for Michigan Chemical Co. in St. Louis and in Port St. Joe, Florida; then he went to Dow Chemical Company in Midland, retiring in 1985.
His priorities in life were his faith in God and love of family. He was a member of St. Louis Church of Christ from the early 1950s, and an Elder at the church for many years. He was very involved with his church and also was a strong supporter of Rock Lake Christian Assembly. Throughout his life he treasured the time he spent with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Dawson, of St. Louis, MI; 3 daughters: Dianne Dawson-Ryan of Lansing, MI; LaDonna and Gordon Johnson of Grand Ledge, MI; Deanna and Lyle Essex of St. Louis, MI; a son: Dennis and Marilynn Dawson of Brighton, MI; 4 granddaughters: Emily and Aaron Matthews, LeAnna Slates, Pamela Johnson, Shawna and John Bellamy; 2 grandsons: Brett and Lindsay Dawson, Luke and Amy Essex; 6 great-grandchildren: Ethan, Colden, Blake, Grace, twins, Tate & Everett; a sister: Nola McVay, and a sister-in-law: Joyce Dawson. He was predeceased by his parents, 2 sisters, Margaret Maltby and Ruth VanHorn, and 2 brothers, Robert and Wayne Dawson.
Memorials may be made to St. Louis Church of Christ or Rock Lake Christian Assembly, Vestaburg, MI. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes St. Louis, Michigan.