Eugene Dawson

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35 Railroad Street Plymouth OH 44865 12/8/2008 14:00:00

12/9/2008 14:00:00

Eugene Dawson, age 68, resident of Plymouth passed away peacefully on December 5, 2008 at his home. He was born on September 27, 1940 in Floyd County Kentucky to the late Pete and Mary (Lykins) Dawson. He retired from the Mayflower Company in Norwalk, Ohio and was a member of the American Legion in Plymouth.
He is survived by his wife Judy, whom he married on June 3, 1961; five children, Keith (Karen) Dawson of Lexington, Ohio, Kathy (Todd) Brown of Shiloh, Ohio, Barry (Leisa) Dawson of Attica, Ohio, Tammy (Darrel) Hale of Shelby, Ohio and Tim (April) Dawson of Plymouth, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 god-daughters, Melissa and Kylie Heydinger; 3 brothers; 4 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call on the Secor Funeral Home in Plymouth, Ohio on Monday, December 8, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8P.M. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 2P.M. at the Willard Christian Alliance Church with Rev. Barton McKelvey officiating. Burial will follow at the Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Sandy (Elliott) Sparr - Dec 26, 2008

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Gene was a wonderful man. He always had a smile on his face. I will miss him. Take care of yourselves! My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Dawn Lieb - Dec 11, 2008

I found this poem, I hope it will be of some comfort. Dawn (Power) Lieb
Don’t Cry for me When I am Gone!
by Patricia Polhans
Please don’t cry for me though I ‘m gone
For in heaven I have made my home.
I know you’ll miss me through the years
But, remember, in heaven there are no tears!
Up here in glory I’ve taken my place
Near the Father where I can view his face.
I’ll only be gone for a short little while
Until I greet you in heaven with a smile.
I’ll be waiting there with arms open wide
To open the gate and invite you inside.
We’ll sit down at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb
United with Christ and all of his clan.
We’ll drink from the last communion cup
As death and hell are swallowed up.
Then we’ll drink a toast from the ‘living wine’
While seated at the table where we shall dine.
The angel, Gabriel will blow his Gold Horn
As comfort is given for those who mourned.
We’ll be surrounded by many angel wings
While seated with our Lord and our King.
He’ll read to us from the Lambs book of life
The names written in it, His church, His bride.
We’ll be with all our sisters and our brothers
While seated there at the last supper.
My grave will not even be a memory
For death was swallowed up in victory.
Here in heaven is where we’ll reign
With Christ the Savior our Lord and our King.
“…and I, in righteousness, I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.”
(Psalm 17:14, 15)

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kayleen and todd brown - Dec 10, 2008

kathy and family, sorry to hear about your dad i just found out from dad that he had passed away.
Hope your holidays wont be too sad he’ll be there with you all in heart.He was an awsome person just wish it hadn’t been so long since I last seen him. Just goes to show we just don’t visit enough. God be with you and family at this time.

Shauna - Dec 10, 2008

How do I describe in words how much I’m sorry for not being there all these years. I have missed so much,and forgotten what is the most important thing in life,FAMILY. Unfortunely, I can’t go back in time…but instead move forward and remember all the memories that I do have of you. So I will keep those locked inside my heart,and tell those who truly are near. Such a wonderful grandpa, that I wish I would have known better,but for the memories are so much greater! Pictures say a 1,000 words, of how much you loved your family and the world. You will be missed, and never forgotten. A scripture I would love to share is at 1 Cor 13:4-8. This scripture applys not only to marriage mates,but also familys. I love you so much papaw, thank you for the memories and more! (Also see Rev.21:4)

jessica tuttle - Dec 9, 2008

tammy and family, i would like to thank you guys for having me in your lives! i am really sorry to hear about your father tammy he was close to me. I used to go around his house and see him sitting outside and talk to him every day and we used t joke around about things. i am really going to miss him a lot. he was a special person to me like he was my own papaw and i really doo miss him alot!! i just wish i could have seen him one more time before he left. I hope you guys take care of yourslelfs and i hope you guys are okay!!! i am terribly sorry about papaw!! he was the greatest guy i have ever met and a wonderful person god has given us to love!!!!

codey hale - Dec 9, 2008

WE WILL MISS YOU PAPAW. you are now in gods gental hands.your always gonna be with us and we all hear you in are will always lye in are hearts holding us tight and buddy is keeping you company.Dont be sad for we will meet in heaven and have a heavenly party. hopefully they have new spongebob up there but we all no you had your times and you will be with us this christmas watching over us and laughing at all of timmys jokes he always has good ones to say.Me and the family will be cheerfull and gracefull of each other respectfull and joyous P.S dont worry about the grass ill mow it keep it from going crazy all the things i wanted to say all the things i wanted to do with you will have to wait till i get old and see in heaven. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS PAPAW!!!!!!!

rhonda bolen - Dec 8, 2008

Wow what a shock I have known Gene my whole life a very nice man. And to his children I am so sorry for your loss. You know I have lost both of my parents now.And even though the way it’s suppose to be is that they go before us, we know from the day we are born that we will one day have to let them go, but it still makes it no easier to say good-bye. I do know your pain it will never go away but it will get easier to deal with. And Judy I’m sorry to you as well, I know you just lost your best friend, but god will help you through this.My love and prayers to all of you….

Jodi - Dec 8, 2008

Barry, I am sorry to hear about your dad, he was always nice to me. I loss mom earlier this year and I know how much it hurts.

Deborah Robinson - Dec 8, 2008

Kathy and Family,
I did not know your Dad personally but I know he was a true family man by the way you spoke of him.
Your memories of your life here on earth with comfort you in the days ahead. Please my sincere and heartfelt prayers are with you to give you all the comfort. Just trust in the Lord .
Debbie Robinson

Scott Gibson - Dec 8, 2008

Very sorry to hear about you loss.
I always enjoyed seeing Gene around town.
God Bless you in you time of sorrow.
Scott, Mike,& Linda Gibson

april - Dec 8, 2008

To us bring us all comfort is knowing and believing in the almighty grace.I believe that none of us are rightous and we all fall short of God’s glory.Jesus Christ died at the cross for all of our sins knowing we are all sinners.I believe with all of my heart in Jesus’s message.The message of all loving,all kindness,all forgiving,a man of justice,and take these words and live life by hope and through faith.Live for today.look foward to tomorrow,and remeber yesterday.Ever word I have written I believe Gene believed in.I talked to him numerous times about religion.I know how he was raised and what he believed.I have to say I can only see this man with one ticket to the sky.Jesus brought the message of love.He taught us repeatily to love thy neighbor as thy self.We all know Gene loved.He loved us all.Gene always thought about everyone else.He always thought of himself last.Gene talked to me about his mistakes and how he learned from them.He was at a point in his life that all of his mistakes he had forgiven himself and he hoped that everyone else could forgive him too.He told me
this and he told me he could not live his life in the past that he needed to move foward.He wanted to live for today.As I reflect and evaluate ourselfs and Gene I know he did live his life by all these words.Gene was all about love.Therefore,I want to close with this said Gene was about what god is and that is love.

Sherry(Deskins) Browning - Dec 8, 2008

Tammy I was very sad to hear of your Dads passing. My prayers are with you and your family.

Jari (McKinney) Amburgey - Dec 7, 2008

Tammy and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort all of you in this time of need.

kat - Dec 7, 2008

dad u are the light of my light and i will always love u i miss u already if i had to do it all over again i would choose u for my dad life is gonna be sad without u but i have alot of faith in our heavenly father and i know in my heart i will see u again someday,so im not going to say goodbye im goin to say i will seep u again in heaven i love u dad…

Theresa - Dec 7, 2008

Hey Aunt Judy, I am so sorry for your lose. It has been a bad couple of weeks for both of our families. I just saw Uncle Gene at Mom’s showing on Tuesday. I am so sorry and I miss him already. Your family has always been there for us. I wish I could have been there for you. With all my heart and soul, I love you

Amy - Dec 7, 2008

Several years ago I entusted my precious dog, Buddy into the care of Mamaw and Papaw. Papaw took to that dog like none other – they were inseperable, wherever Papaw went, Buddy went, whatever Papaw ate, Buddy ate (including Big Mac’s!) He took such good care of Buddy and it made me so happy that they were so happy. When I heard the terrible news that Buddy died I was so sad for Mamaw and Papaw, but I knew that Buddy died happy. When I heard the news that Papaw died I was so saddened by our loss, but one thought entered my mind and that was Papaw is reunited with his best bud Buddy! Papaw loved us all so much and one day we will see him again. We love you and miss you Papaw! Say hi to buddy for me!

chad - Dec 7, 2008

love u and miss u papa. u my be gone but u will never be forgotten. watch over us all and pray for us.

Stephanie - Dec 6, 2008

Papaw even though I only knew you for 7 years, I always felt like you were my second family. Please look down upon us all, while you rest in heaven. We will meet again, I love you!

Felicia - Dec 6, 2008

I love you papaw. I will miss you, yet I know you would want us to continue on in our lives…sticking together as a family. I am really going to miss your warm hugs, twinkling eyes, and genuine love for your family. Rights now, life is full of “If only…” There are so many things I wish I would have said and done…Now that you are gone, it makes me sad that I never got to do all that I wished to do.
“Death leaves a heartache no one [but God] can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” ~From a headstone in Ireland
“There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.” ~Author Unknown

Felicia - Dec 6, 2008

I love you papaw. I will miss you, yet I know you would want us to continue on in our lives…sticking together as a family. I am really going to miss your warm hugs, twinkling eyes, and genuine love for your family. Right now, life is full of “If only…” There are so many things I wish I would have said and done…Now that you are gone, it makes me sad that I never got to do all that I wished to do.
“Death leaves a heartache no one [but God] can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” ~From a headstone in Ireland
“There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.” ~Author Unknown

Dawn (Power) Lieb - Dec 6, 2008

I worked with Barry and was friends with him, fifteen plus years ago and had the chance to Eugene. He was a very kind man, I am truly sorry for your loss.

Missy (Hamilton)Stumbo - Dec 6, 2008

Mean Gene the Dancing Machine! I have a lot of great memories with Judy and Gene. Never knew him to not have a smile on his face!! Just saw him at Mack’s and he was telling me about Judy’s fall. He was truly a fun and loving person. The town of Plymouth just won’t be the same.

Jeremy - Dec 6, 2008

Mamaw, Keith, Kathy, Barry, Tammy, Tim-
It’s strange how God works. He is at work all around us, and we know because of His word, and certain curcumstances around us that His ways are mysterious. It would have been great to see him one more time and tell him that I love Him. Instead, I am stuck with trusting Papaw remembered those words wispered in his ear just 11 months ago.
Over the past 8 or 9 years I loved a man who loved his family. On the surface Papaw smiled and laughed and danced and joked. But underneathe, he was hurting. Way way in the back of his eyes you could see regret. Papaw like all of us was haunted by the past of hurt, pain and shame. Life is full of difficulty, struggles and dissapointments. As Papaw grew older, he also grew wiser, and the Lord began to soften a hardened shell. Last Christmas Eve I heard many things come from Papaw’s mouth. He cried, and loved, and searched for joy, but the one thing I rememeber most was this…when I mentioned to him about taking all his cares to the Lord in prayer, he assured me He prayed for each one [in this room] every day. I know that when we cry out to the Lord, he hears us. I also know that Papaw loved me like he loved you, and that if we could hear him say 4 more words I know what they would be. Do you?
“I love my family”!
I didn’t know the Papaw who made mistakes. I just knew the Papaw who regreted them and didn’t know how to get passed them. The memory of leaving Mamaw and Papaw’s house last Christmas Eve hugging him around his Clevland Browns sweat shirt trying to get my arms around him will be with me forever. He held me tight, and told me to take care. I am sorry for the loss and can only offer scricpture as a comfort.
Psalm 3:3
“But you O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he anwsered me from his holy hill.”

Gina Lillo - Dec 5, 2008

Tammy & Barry…so sorry for the loss of your dad. May you find peace that only comes from above! God bless you & may God comfort you in your time of loss.

tim - Dec 5, 2008

Miss you already.

JoJo - Dec 5, 2008

I love you and miss you papaw

Mike - Dec 5, 2008

You are and always and will be the Strength of this family Papaw you are the closest person i had in my life and i will miss you till i see you again i love you with all my heart and soul please stay with me forever!

chelsea jurovcik AKA Budlite - Dec 5, 2008

I miss you so much already it saddens me i didn’t get to see you one last time but we will meet again in heaven I want to thank you for never judging me and holding me in your heart like the rest of your grandchildren. Don’t worry about mike I’ll make sure hes ok always and till the end.

little baby girl-tammy - Dec 5, 2008

dad i will miss u sooooooo much i dont know what i am going to do with out u and your jokes and smilds dad u will always be in my heart.i love u so much.