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Rev. Robert Charles "Bob" Dawson


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Rev. Robert Charles "Bob" Dawson

Phoenix - Rev. Robert Charles "Bob" Dawson, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away March 29, 2018.

Born in Gary Indiana, Robert was the son of the late Leslie C. Dawson & Esther (Moss) Dawson. He grew up in Gary showing an early talent for music, a keen ear, and a tenor voice, which placed him in the school choir. He played clarinet in band in high school during the big band era. Robert worked at the steel mill in Gary, and served in the Naval Reserves. He went on to attend Purdue University in Lafayette, where he studied Electrical Engineering. He met his future wife, Martha (Stinebaugh), in Lafayette. They were married on Sept 20, 1952 and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year with their six children present.

Survived by his wife, Martha Dawson, daughters Kathy Dawson (Clint Loven); Karen Dawson; Sue (Graham) Stevens; Sharon (Rick) Kruger; and sons Tom (Rosa) Dawson; and Jim Dawson. He had twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A sister, Florence Elizabeth "Betty" Maginot and daughter-in-law Suzanne (Jim) preceded him in death.

His job as an electrical engineer took him to Albany, New York; Shelbyville, Indiana; Binghamton, New York; and Phoenix, Arizona, where the job started in aerospace and evolved into computers. He retired after 30+ years. His interests took him to the ministry, attending classes in Phoenix and California. After being ordained, he had churches in San Manuel, Arizona and Deer Lodge, Montana. He retired after 11 years.

Robert had a lifelong history of service to community. He began in Endicott, New York as a deacon at First Christian Church, where he also sang in the choir. He also served as a Scout troop leader with Boy Scouts Theodore Roosevelt Council. Moving to Phoenix, he was a member of Toastmasters, made donating blood a lifetime habit, continued as Scout leader with Grand Canyon Council, became a Paul Harris Fellow, a lifetime member of Phoenix Rotary, made weekly trips to serve at ICM Food Bank, and served as Chaplain at summer Scout camp. He loved to travel, having visited all lower-48 states.

He lived by example. He tithed to the church, was fiscally responsible, raised his children to appreciate diversity, to be fair, and to respect and have a love for nature. He shared his love for science, aerospace, and any astronomy event. He taught his children to change a tire and buckle up before he would let them drive the car. He encouraged all to learn a musical instrument. He gave them every opportunity for education.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2:00 p.m. at Foothills Christian Church, 3951 W. Happy Valley Rd, Glendale, AZ 85310 with Rev. Bekah Krevens officiating. Reception in Fellowship Hall immediately afterwards. Private cremation arrangements made by Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, Maryvale.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Ronald McDonald House, Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Phoenix Rotary; ICM (Interfaith Cooperative Ministry) Food & Clothing Bank, or .
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 15, 2018
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