PEORIA - William Lee Dawson, age 73, of Yorkville, Ill., formerly of Peoria, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill.
He was born on July 18, 1940, in Peoria, Ill., the son of Lloyd and Lillian (McCullem) Dawson. Bill was united in marriage on July 1, 1961, in Peoria, Ill., to the former Miss Madge Elizabeth Alcorn and they spent the next 52 happy years together.
Mr. Dawson was employed for 30 years by Caterpillar Inc. in Montgomery, Ill., retiring in 1990.
He especially enjoyed being outdoors, working in both his garden and yard.
Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Bill is survived by his wife, Madge Dawson of Yorkville, Ill.; his children, Brenda (Rick Anderson) Dawson of Oswego, Ill., Pam (Justin) Morales of Aurora, Ill., and Gary Dawson of Grayslake, Ill.; his grandchildren, Andrew Klaczynski, Courtney Dawson and Kayla Morales; his brother, Don Dawson of Brimfield, Ill.; his sister, Bonnie Freerking of Hanna City, Ill.; as well as six nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Lillian Dawson.
A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home, 702 W. Main St., Elmwood, Ill. Interment will follow in the Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, 4601 W. War Memorial Drive, in Peoria, Ill. Friends may visit from 11 a.m. until the hour of service Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the funeral home in Elmwood, Ill.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (630) 553-7611.