Jerry LaVerne Dawson, 87, of Eastport, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was born on September 29, 1932 in Central Lake, the son of Edward and Grace (Ward) Dawson.
Jerry graduated from Central Lake, and then served in the United State Air Force for just over three years during the Korean Conflict. Following his time in the service, he worked as a machinist for the remainder of his working life. In 1957, he married Connie Paul in Charlevoix, and they raised four children together in Eastport. Jerry loved his family above all else, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting, cleaning and refurbishing guns, and spending as much time outside as he could. He was an extremely giving man who would give the shirt off his back to anyone.
He is survived by four children, James (Brenda) Dawson of Grand Rapids, David (Michelle) Dawson of Manhattan, KS, Donald (Janet) Dawson of East Jordan, and Cheryl (Brad) Louiselle of East Jordan; two brothers, Roger Dawson (Janet) of Las Vegas, NV, and Leonard (Elaine) Dawson of Bellaire; 10 grand children; and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Connie Dawson; his parents, Edward and Grace Dawson; and three brothers, Roy Dawson, Virgil Dawson, and Melvin Dawson.
A memorial gathering will take place from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Grey Gables Inn Restaurant, 308 Belvedere Ave., Charlevoix, MI 49720.
Arrangements are in the care of the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com
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