J. Richard Dawson

March 08, 1924 ‒ June 04, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

J. Richard Dawson, age 94, of Brown Township, lifelong area farmer, Veteran, and community steward passed away Monday, June 4, 2018 at Willow Brook Christian Village in Delaware.

He was born on March 8, 1924 in Fayette County to the late Guy and Mabel (Gephart) Dawson. Following the death of his father when he was fourteen, he moved to Kilbourne and graduated from Brown High School in 1942. Richard’s lifelong vocation was farming, needless to say “He was bound to the land from the day of his birth, his roots anchored deep in the fertile earth”.

A proud Veteran of the US Navy, he graduated at the top of his class as an Aviation Machinist towards the end of WW II. During his service to Country he would marry the former Betty Humes and together they raised their family, operated their family farm through both the good and difficult times. Sadly after 48 wonderful years Betty passed away in 1993.

Dick’s agriculture accomplishments include: being named Outstanding Young Farmer by the Delaware Junior Chamber of Commerce, as well as Outstanding Farmer by the Delaware County Fair and Farmer of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1956. In 1995 he earned the Ohio Pork Producers “Industry of EXCELLANCE”, became a member of the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame at the Ohio State Fair in 1996, and was elected into the Delaware County Agricultural Society Hall of Fame in 2006.

He served on the Board of Directors for Fidelity Bank for 21 years and on the Brown Township Board of Trustees from 1970 – 1991.

Richard enjoyed camping with his family, outdoor tasks and tending to his homestead. With a passion for travel he was blessed to experience Europe, Costa Rica, and Alaska. He was a member of Kilbourne United Methodist Church for 80 years.

But above all else, his life centered on his beloved family and farming.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Doug (Cathy) Dawson, Cindy (Howard) Thatcher, and Penny (Chris) Matthewson, 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and first wife Betty, he was also preceded in death by his second wife of 18 years Dorothy Dawson in 2017, sister Rebecca Sheets in 2011, and infant grandson Dustin K. Dawson.

Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 on Thursday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 in the Kilbourne United Methodist Church, 5591 St. Rt. 521, Kilbourne, Ohio 43032 where Pastor Beth Ortiz will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Kilbourne United Methodist Church, or Willow Brook Christian Village, 100 Willow Way South, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • In addition to being a great family man, Dick will be remembered as a leader in Ohio agriculture. He served on the Ohio Pork Council board of directors for eight years and was highly respected by all those who met him.

    My condolences to the entire Dawson family. I know you [like me] have many fond memories to cherish about this great man! May Dick Rest In Peace

  • On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan, we share our deepest condolences with the Dawson Family. Dick provided many years of leadership, was well respected and will be greatly missed by all of us.

  • God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU, Ad. Dawson for your service in WWII. The USA would NOT be as it is today. “Fair winds and following seas”. A United States Navy, Aviation Machinist mate (Ad). And “ONE OF” The Greatest Generation.. A Farmer that was elected into The Delaware County Agricultural Society Hall of Fame, 2006.
    …….”Sailor rest your oar” …….. And Semper Fi.

  • So sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless

  • The Sheets/Ray kids also have some great memories! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • The passing of another member of the “Greatest Generation”. There deeds and accomplishments help save not only America, but the world 75 years ago. I seriously doubt this generation can fathom the sacrifice Richard Dawson and those of his generation gave to his nation. Rest in Peace Sailor, Fair winds and calm Seas.

  • With deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. He lived a long and good life and is young and healthy again. Love the Swisher (Strayer) family

  • Rest in peace with your family members – a job well done by a man who fed the world via his farming activities while being a most productive member of his community.

    Our deepest sympathy to his children and his extended family members.

    David Maxwell family (Sarah Anne’s father)

    • So sorry to hear about Richard. I will always remember the two weeks we spent in Willow Brook together, And the great talks i had with your family.GOD bless Virgil