James Earl “Jim” Dawson

October 09, 1921 ‒ August 07, 2014

Mount Gilead, Ohio

James Earl “Jim” Dawson, age 92, of Mount Gilead, died Thursday morning, August 7, 2014, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Center in Chesterville.

On October 9, 1921, Jim was born in Chesterville, the son of the late Berlin Turner and Neva Pearl (Wilson) Dawson. Jim graduated from Chesterville High School in the Class of 1939.

Shortly after graduation, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was a proud World War II veteran. He traveled around the world twice and made many friends along the way. Being in the Navy were some of the best years of his life. He recently had the privilege of going on the Honor Flight last year to Washington, D.C. with many other veterans.

Following his honorable discharge, Jim took advantage of the GI Bill and furthered his education at Ohio Northern University. He received his B.S. in Engineering from there in 1949.

On August 31, 1946, Jim married the love of his life, Lucile Linn, in Mount Gilead. They shared a special bond that lasted over 63 years of marriage, raising three boys along the way. She preceded him in death on May 9, 2010.

Jim began his mechanical engineering career at H.P. M. in Mount Gilead, then worked for Borg-Warner Machines in Fremont, OH. His career next took him and his family to Lebanon, OH, where he was the head of engineering for many years at Milacron in Cincinnati. After his sons graduated from Lebanon High School, Jim and Lucile returned to their roots in Morrow County. Jim completed his career back at H.P.M., retiring in 1986.

A man of faith, Jim was a long time member of the Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church. He also belonged to the Lions Club International, was a 60 year member of the Chesterville Masonic Lodge 238, and always attended a fun spirited “McHale’s Navy Breakfast Club” in Chesterville with many other veterans.

In his younger days, Jim loved to hunt. He enjoyed bowling and bowled in many leagues throughout his life. He spent the last 30 years in a league in Fredericktown. He also spent countless hours with a pencil in his hand working on Sudoku puzzles.

Another passion of Jim’s was harness racing. He started with pacers then moved on to trotters. He bred, raised, trained, and drove the horses. He got his first horse in Lebanon in 1972, and owned several others throughout his life. Harness racing became a family event that they all enjoyed together.

Jim was a successful, intelligent man with a bright personality.   He always accomplished everything he set out to do. He had friends everywhere he went and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Jim is survived by two sons: Dave (Barbara) Dawson of Loveland, OH, Doug (Gloria) Dawson of Dublin; six grandchildren: Anna, Olivia, Raquel, Jason, Tyler, and Emily; a brother, Howard Dawson of Mansfield; a sister, Margaret Perkins of Chesterville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Don Dawson, and a sister, Eileen Follin.

The Dawson family will greet friends from 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. They will also greet friends there from 10 – 11 a.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014. Services celebrating his life will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Jeannie Winters and Pastor Joe Sopher officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the active duty U.S. Navy, VFW Post 8054, and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s honor may be made to the Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Jim’s family, and your condolences may be expressed to them online by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.


  • To the Dawson Family,
    May God bring you comfort and peace to your family. I work at Whiston Pharmacy and I would see Jim every now and then and he would have a wonderful smile on his face and was kind to everyone. He will be deeply miss. God got himself a wonderful angel.
    Sincerely, Tom and Pam Lanum

  • So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
    Love and prayers.
    Randy and Shelly Whited Kemmer and Family

  • He will be greatly missed here in this household. he will hold a special place in our hearts forever.

  • Prayers for the family and friends.
    Mr. Dawson touched so many lives, in so many different ways, from serving our country to sharing a cup of coffee with his friends.
    With deepest condolences
    Crystal Burch

  • My father enjoyed many hours with Jim visiting and enjoying each other company. I know he would have wanted me to express our condolences for your loss.

  • To the Dawson Family,

    So sorry for your loss. Jim was one of a kind. Such a good friend. Bowled with Ralph for several years. Would see him at Wendy’s every once in awhile and would have a chat.

    Our sympathy to you.

  • I’ll miss Mr.Dawson with all my heart! He’ll always be Mr.Wonderful. his reply was always I’m wonderful when asked how he was.I’ve received lots of hugs and cleaned lots of his glasses over the years. Loved his stories! We even made the news a couple times! Rest in peace!

  • For all the Dawson family,

    It was an honor and privilege to care for Jim. He inspired us with his life. He was a great father, husband, American citizen and Veteran. We enjoyed his stories. He loved his wife and had a wonderful faith in God.

    He was wonderful to the visiting staff at Hospice of Morrow County. He had a nice family and children. We will miss him.

    With sympathy and love from all of us at Hospice of Morrow County.

  • Sorry for your loss. Jim will be missed. I first met Jim at the “Gathering Inn”. I had rode my horse up for breakfast and he thought it was awesome.

  • So sorry for your loss. Jim was a such a kind and thoughtful person. We always enjoyed listening to him tell stories about his horses and war time experiences at the Hartpence Reunions. Lucile was a wonderful person also and both are missed so much.

  • Your in our thoughts and prayers at this this time.
    Willard Fissell Worshipful Master Chester 238

  • I met Jim through the horses and enjoyed getting to know him and Lucile. He will be greatly missed! Tom Hansen

  • Jim was a dear friend of my grandfather, Clarence. They shared their love for horse racing and family. Jim was a good man and raised a wonderful family. The Levan and Carter families send their deepest sympathy in your time of loss.