Richard Dawson, 61, Luverne, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, from terminal lung cancer.
A funeral service was Tuesday, July 7, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne.
Rick Dawson was born on Dec. 29, 1953, in North Hollywood, California. He grew up near Boston, Massachusetts. He was a Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Navy. After discharge, he lived in the Richmond, Virginia, area where he met and married his first wife, Jan Reid Dawson, and had three sons.
After his divorce, he met Joy Herreid and moved to Minnesota where they married in 1998. Rick celebrated 33 years of sobriety on June 19, 2015. Along with Joy, he provided care for his father-in-law, Warren Herreid, for the last 2 1/2 years. Previously he worked for Delta Airlines in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was also a website developer.
In addition to being a gifted guitar player, his life’s passions were writing, serving God and loving people.
Rick is survived by his wife Joy Dawson, Luverne; three children, Jesse, Matthew and David; a stepson, Benjamin Herreid, two sisters, Marlene Davison and Candace Veal; four grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Steven Dawson.