The Rev. Paul F. Dawson

Jan. 2, 1944 - Oct. 19, 2008

The Rev. Paul F. Dawson, 64, passed away at his home early in the morning Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008.

Paul was a man who was devoted to God and to his family. He was generous in nature and shared his love and his humor with so many friends and parishioners that he will be greatly missed in this world, but we take comfort in the joy that he is with his Heavenly Father now.

Paul Frederick Dawson was born Jan. 2, 1944, in Pittsburgh, to Paul and Florence Dawson. He grew up in Gary, Ind., and graduated from Emerson High School. Paul received his bachelorís degree in 1966 from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and enrolled in the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He received his doctorate in divinity and was ordained June 1, 1970.

During his 38-year ministry as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA) pastor in Wisconsin, he served at Atonement Lutheran in Racine, Redeemer Lutheran in Plymouth, Holy Nativity Lutheran in Kenosha, St. Paulís Lutheran in Racine, Our Savior Lutheran in Milwaukee, St. Johnís Lutheran in Brookfield and Vernon Lutheran in Mukwonago.

Paul is survived by his wife, Marsha; his children, Peter (Julie), Michael (Amy), Scott (Rachel), Alicia (Mike) Parmele and Nathan (Mindy); his grandchildren, Emma, Zachary, Lily, Alexander, Austin, Grace, Elise, Caroline, Meredith and Quinn; his sisters, Patricia Dawson, Arlene Reedy and Barbara (James) Garbett; and his brother, Robert (Lynda).

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Sunshine Joy.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. prayer service Friday, Oct. 24, at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church, 2313 17th Ave., Kenosha. There will be a second visitation from 3 p.m. until the 5 p.m. funeral service Saturday, Oct. 25, at Vernon Lutheran Church, S90-W27550 National Ave., Mukwonago. Interment will take place privately at Woodlawn Cemetery in Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Augustana Scholarship Fund, Development Office, 639 38th St., Rock Island, IL 61201, or Lutheran World Relief at

Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at