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Glen O. Dawson, Sr.

Glen Olen Dawson, Sr. Was born January 16, 1926 in Afton, Oklahoma and departed this life on April 28, 2021 at his home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri at the age of 95 years, 3 months and 12 days.

He was the son of Ray Dewitt and Lulu (Edwards) Dawson.

Glen spent his younger years in the Afton, Oklahoma area where he attended school. On July 27, 1943, Glen joined the United States Navy and proudly served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After his honorable discharge from the Navy on March 19, 1946, Glen began working pipeline construction and traveled to many parts of the United States. One job found him working in St. Louis, Missouri where he met a young woman named Barbara Ann Capps and they began dating. On January 22, 1948, Glen and Barbara were united in marriage in Fairland, Oklahoma. After their marriage, Glen and Barbara established their home in the Afton, Oklahoma area. Glen continued to work pipeline construction and, in 1956, because of his job, they relocated to Liberty, Missouri where they lived until 1966 when they moved to Pleasant Hill, Missouri and built their forever home. In 1973, Glen founded the Dawson Construction Company and received a contract from Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to build Compressor Stations all over Northeastern Oklahoma. Glen and Barbara temporarily moved to Oklahoma until 1980, when the United States Government deregulated natural gas ending oil field investments. Glen and Barbara returned to their home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri and in July of 1980 Glen retired.

Glen was a member of V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill, Missouri and had been a member of the Masonic Lodge in Liberty, Missouri. He also attended the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Glen was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann (Capps) Dawson; his parents, Ray and Lulu Dawson; three brothers, Francis Marion Dawson, Ray Dale Dawson and Lyndon Dawson and one sister, Margaret Whittington.

He is survived by two sons, Glen “Dusty” Dawson, Jr. and wife Linda of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Thomas Higdon and wife Gayle of Newtonia, Missouri; four daughters, Barbara Ann Phebus and husband Raymond of Grove, Oklahoma, Linda Miller and husband Jan Henry of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Dianna Heminger and husband Wayne of Gardner, Kansas, and Glenda Breckenridge and husband Gary of Olathe, Kansas; twelve grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, six great great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

The family of Glen Olen Dawson, Sr. will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill, Missouri will present the Final Salute at 12:15 at the Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Casket Bearers will be Gary Lee Ellis, Brian Franklin, Joe D. Miller, Preston Bigler, Dawson Heeney, Brandon Breckenridge, Braxton Gonzalez, Kody Franklin and Gage Franklin. Full Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard of Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

The family suggests contributions to Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care “In Memory of Glen Olen Dawson, Sr. Donations may be mailed to: 14310 E. 42nd Street South, Unit 600, Independence, MO 64055 or may be left as the funeral home.

13 Messages

  • Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum Posted May 1, 2021 4:37 am

    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
    May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

    May your memories of Glen O. Dawson, Sr., give you peace, comfort and strength…

    Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
    I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
    My thoughts
    and prayers to the family of ….

    US Navy Veteran, Glen O. Dawson Sr., is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

    † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  • Christian Hummel Posted May 1, 2021 7:14 am

    I regret that I will not be able to attend the “Final Sauté” for my good friend and patriot. I will be there in spirit. Fair winds and following seas Glen!!

  • Denise Gonzalez Posted May 3, 2021 8:08 pm

    Sending my condolences to the family and pouring forth the light of God to wrap everyone in peace and understanding during this time. Enjoy your next journey Glen!!!!!

  • Jessie Posted May 4, 2021 1:18 am

    Love you, Grandpa! Thank you for EVERYTHING! We’re sure going to miss you:

  • Trudy and Ranfy Hasty Posted May 4, 2021 3:31 pm

    Grandpa Dawson was a wonderful man. We will never forget him. He was always at his granddaughters softball games where we came to know him. Always had candy for our youngest daughter lol. Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family. He had a wonderful life. Anf will b missed by all his family and anyone that knew him. Alot of great memories for his family and all that knew him.

  • Crystal Marti Posted May 4, 2021 9:07 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. 95 years, what a life. May we all be so fortunate. We are thinking of you an your family during this difficult time.

    • Glen Dawson Posted May 6, 2021 9:20 am

      Thank you Crystal. Your thought are very appreciated

  • Debbie Good Posted May 5, 2021 12:10 pm

    Glen was once of the nicest men I have ever met. He’d always give me a big bear hug when he saw me and had the most infectious smile. Glen attended our Snappy Senior group and brought sunshine with him. I truly will miss him. My condolences to his family.

  • Allison Givhan Posted May 6, 2021 11:54 am

    Sending heartfelt prayers and condolences to Glen Dawson Jr and his entire family during this period of bereavement. May God continue to bless you all.

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