Charles Milton "Bill" Dawson, 86, of Churchton, died March 13 at South River Health and Rehabilitation Center in Edgewater. Born February 21, 1927 in Mayo to the late Samuel C. and Agnes V. (Belhke) Dawson, Bill was raised in Mayo and later moved with his family to Washington, D.C. and attended Coolidge High School, where he played football and graduated in 1944. He enlisted in the United States Navy on December 15, 1944, earning the Pacific and American Theatre Ribbons and World War II Victory Medal. After Bill was discharged on July 24, 1946, he moved back to Mayo. He was then employed at Firestone Tire, and later worked as a manager at Colonial Bowling Lanes in Annapolis. Bill married Linda Ann Herbert on February 13, 1971 and they lived in Annapolis. They moved to Chestertown, where they purchased a bowling alley which they operated for eleven years. He and Linda then moved back to Annapolis, and he worked for Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks. They moved to Deale in the early 1980's and have lived in Churchton since 2007. Bill was a life member of the Deale Elks Lodge 2528. Bill enjoyed being outdoors whether he was hunting, crabbing, cutting the grass or tending to his flower garden. He also enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, William Greeley "Stretch" Dawson. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda A. Dawson; five children, Billie Lynn Orr and husband Dusty of Churchton, Blair Leigh Archambeault and husband Lenny of Edgewater, Charles Blake "Bubba" Dawson of Churchton, Charles Joseph Dawson and wife Jenny and Debra Kim Oliver, all of Annapolis; three brothers, Samuel C. "Mike" Dawson of Annapolis, W. Thomas Dawson of California, and James R. Dawson of Friendship; three sisters, Amelia Marquetti of Baltimore, Gladys Rosatti of Crownsville and Linda Lou Cook of Tracy's Landing; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, March 18, at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, where a funeral service and celebration of Bill's life will be held 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 19. Interment will follow at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville. Memorial contributions in Bill's name may be made to Heartland Hospice Services, 4 East Rolling Crossroads, Suite 307, Baltimore, MD 21228. To leave condolences visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements entrusted to Rausch Funeral Home, Owings.
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Published in The Capital on March 16, 2013