Clifford E. Dawson, 85, of Mukwonago, Wis., formerly of Lebanon, Ill., born April 9, 1927, in Cliffton Springs, N.Y., died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
Clifford was drafted into the Army in 1945, at the age of 18. He served in Germany at the end of World War II and was trained as a photographer. After a three year break from the service, Clifford enlisted in the Air Force. He served in the Air Force for 16 years working as a still and motion picture photographer. Clifford retired from the Air Force in 1968. He began his police career in 1966 as a relief police officer for the City of Lebanon, Ill. After he retired from the Air Force, he became a full-time police officer and in 1969 he became Chief of Police. He attended the 101st Session of the FBI National Academy in 1975. He retired as chief of police in 1984, after serving 18 years in the police force. After his retirement, he operated his own wedding photography business with his wife, Carolyn, called Carol-Cliff Photo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, nee Koehler, Dawson, whom he married on Jan. 3, 1968, in Lebanon, Ill., and who died in 2002; and his parents, Arnold and Barbara, nee Van Houten, Dawson.
Surviving are his daughter, Lori (Forrest "Butch") Feldt, grandchildren, Devin and Megan Feldt, all of Mukwonago, Wis.; and a sister, Barbara (Judi Robinson) Dawson of South Carolina.
Memorials may be made to the Lebanon Education Foundation or Honor Flight Network.
Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at St Paul's United Church of Christ in Lebanon, Ill.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the church, with Rev. Dr. Don Wagner, Pastor, assisted by Brenda Pehl. Burial, with full military honors, will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Cemetery in Lebanon, Ill.
MEYER FUNERAL HOME, Lebanon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 21, 2013