Thomas Edward Dawson, 87, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Marietta, passed away Wednesday (July 10, 2013) at his home surrounded by his family. He was born May 25, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio, adopted son of Grace and Lee Dawson of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Following his service as a naval aviator during World War II, he graduated from Marietta College in 1949 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was an engineer with B.F. Goodrich and Jordan Paving in Dallas, Texas, supervising numerous large-scale construction projects across the country, and owned and managed Dawson Lanes bowling center (NKA North Hills Lanes) in Marietta. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Elks, Delta Epsilon Fraternity and recently became a considered member of the Quiet Birdmen, an association of retired pilots. He was a talented sportsman, excelling at skiing, skating, billiards, and golf, and won local acclaim as a fast-pitch softball pitcher in the late 1950s, including a matchup against the great Eddie Feigner and the "The King and His Court" professional softball team. Following his "retirement" he was constantly involved in a number of personal construction projects, always seeking to improve his home, neighborhood, and community. He was an avid reader of WWII historical novels, and a great fan of the "Snoopy" character, who could be seen in every corner of his house, and his beloved Michigan Wolverines (Go Blue!).
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Shirley Ramsay, and his children, Bob Dawson( Sherri) of White Plains, Md., and Connie Houser (Harry, deceased) of Williamstown, children of Mary Lou Crumbley; Michael Dawson of Dallas, Texas, son of Connie Dawson; and step-daughters Connie Parsons (Tom), Paula Teel (Gary), Patti Penrod (Jim), Geri Padilla (Donnie), Renee Fair (Mike); 13 grandchildren, including Gregory Dawson of Centerville, Va., David Houser of Williamstown, and Justin Houser of Columbus, and 13 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, James Dawson.
Services will be held on Friday, July 19 at 9 a.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church in Albuquerque, followed by burial with military honors at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M.
Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com.