Joseph Lewis Dawson

September 20, 1936 ‒ July 20, 2015

Marion, Ohio

Joseph Lewis Dawson, age 78, of Marion, died Monday, July 20, 2015 at Select Medical Center, Victorian Village, in Columbus, Ohio.  Joe was born September 20, 1936 in Marion, Ohio to the late Emmitt and Violet Dawson. On September 5, 1970, Joseph married Pamela Dickinson who survives. Joe graduated from Marion Harding High School and attended Firefighting School.  Joe was a cofounder of Thor-Ran Ambulance Service and later retired from The Marion Township Fire Department.  After retirement, he co-owned and operated Sway’s Trophy House.

Joe enjoyed golfing and was a member of The Moose in Kenton and The American Legion in Marion.  He loved his fat cat Bubba and most of all harassing everyone he met.

Joe is survived by his wife, Pamela; son, Clyde (Brenda) Dawson of Marion; daughter, Connie Sue (Michael) Workman of Marion; grandchildren, Amy Porter, Jeffery Lowe, and Paul J. Dawson; and nephew, Randy Dawson.  He is predeceased by siblings Jim and Dorothy.

Per Joe’s request no funeral services will be observed.  Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Directors, a division of Snyder Funeral Homes, is honored to serve the Dawson Family.  Memorial donations may be made in Joe’s honor to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • I am so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. I have always had great times with him and Pam. He will be missed and remembered by everyone who knew him.

  • Pam and Family,
    We were so shocked to hear about Joe’s passing. Our hearts and prayers are sure with you. Please remember we are here for you for anything you may need.
    Love you!

  • My Condolences the family!

    Joe was a friend and a pleasure to talk to.

    Mike Phillips

  • Pam, Our deepest sympathy for you and your family. May your memories bring you comfort. Dwayne and Rita

  • WE are so sorry ,you have are deepest sympathy and your familyto, If you ever need to talk,just call me.Your friendsLynn @Dorothy.God Bless you and your family.

  • Clyde , I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. You and Brenda and the rest of your family are in my prayers.

  • Pam and Family
    My deepest condolences Joe was a special guy and one of Marion’s finest and he will be sadly missed. Prayers to you all.

  • Dear Pam,
    My condolences to you and your loved ones on your loss. I have many fond memories of working with you and JimBob, and Chappy and the others in the console group. Please know you are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Mac McElheny

  • Pam and Connie, so sorry for your loss. Joe was a “character” and will be missed.

  • So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a true and treasured friend and I always had a great time around him. I know he was a great friend to my dad as well. Our best hopes and prayers go with the family at this difficult time.

  • So sad to hear of Joe’s passing. A loyal customer to The Marion Star, he came in every day around his lunch time to buy his paper before returning back to Sway’s. He was such a delight to see every day and he could put a smile on anyone’s face with his jokes and laughter. If I didn’t see him I would always ask where he was and usually he would say he was golfing. I will miss him dearly. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Dear Joe, sorry to hear you are gone but I know there’s no worries now. I know I didn’t know you that long but you sure were a great guy to me. I know one thing in life is to pay tribute to the people I like… at least while I’m here anyway. Until then, I’m gonna try and keep my office where we used to meet daily and I’ll see you again on the other side. Sincerest condolences to his family and friends.