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Robert "Bob" Louis Dawson Indianapolis realtor, developer, businessman, and community activist, Bob Dawson died Friday, July 15, 2005. Bob is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. and Ann O. Dawson; son, Charles M. Dawson, III; daughter, Jinx Dawson; son, Robert L. Dawson, Jr. and his wife, Pamela L. Dawson; daughter, Susan K. Dawson Weiters and her husband, John Weiters; grandson, Charles Chip Dawson, and his wife, Fran; grandson, Robert Bradley Dawson; and great-granddaughter, Amy Dawson. Mr. Dawson was born August 16, 1920 the son of former Lt. Governor of Indiana Charles M. Dawson, II and Esther Minturn Dawson. He is a decedent of the Dawson family who, as listed in the "New Indiana History" book, was a founding family of the Broad Ripple area; he was also a decedent of a Mayflower passenger. Bob was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant in the Army Air Corps Strategic Air Command. He served his country during WWII, and received the following medals: the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and the American Theater Ribbon. He was a rifle marksman and attended Advanced Finance School at Ft. Harrison. Bob Dawson was owner of Dawson Lake & Lodge, who hosted many charity and political events, including Vice-President Dan Quayle, Police Scuba Team Training, and Muscular Dystrophy for Jerry's Kids. He also owned Dawson Insurance Company, Dawson's Broad Ripple Lumber Company, Mr. D's Restaurant, and Shore Acres Boat Company at Geist Reservoir. Bob was the original developer of Oxbow Estates at Dawson Lake, where a street is named after him, "Dawson Lake Drive". He was a member of Indianapolis Home Builders Association, where he built many "Home Show" homes and developed Delaware Trails, Tanglewood, Steinmeier Farms, and Lynwood Hills, among many others. Bob purchased and refurbished the original Governors Mansion in the 1970's. Bob was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Noble of Mystic Shrine for over 50 years. He was a Marshal of Shore Acres, Indiana and an Honorary Indianapolis Police Marshal, a member of the National Fraternal Order of Police and the Police League of Indiana, and was a social member of the Indianapolis Horse Patrol. He was a Past President of the Indiana Republican Veterans, a 1982 Honorary Secretary of State, and a recipient of Sagamore of the Wabash. He was a member of the Indiana Society of Chicago, a lifetime member of ABC Club, Board Member of Kennington Post in 2002, a member of Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association, and past Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Bob was also Past President of the Columbia Club, a member of the Athletic Club and Meridian Hills Country Club. He was a member of White River Yacht Club and was a 1999 Murat Yacht Club Commodore, and was also a member of Gyro International, the 500 Festival, and the Murat 500 Club, Jesters, Flying Fezzes, and a Kentucky Colonel. His many friends are invited to join his loving family in a celebration of his life at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center- Broad Ripple on Thursday, July 21, 2005 from 4 until 8 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will be held at a later date at Crown Hill Cemetery on the Dawson Family Hill. www.flannerbuchanan.com

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 19, 2005
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