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Thomas LeRoy Dawson

November 27, 1934 ~ September 12, 2021 (age 86)

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Thomas Leroy Dawson, age 86, of Norwalk.  Visitation for Family & Friends will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 2nd at the Wakonda Christian Church in Des Moines.  A luncheon will immediately follow services with burial following in the Norwalk Cemetery.

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On September 12, Thomas Leroy Dawson passed away peacefully at the home that he built and had lived in for 48 years. He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Tamara (John) Shockley of Maplewood, MN, and Victoria (Ron) Herman of Runnells, IA, son Brian Dawson, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Tom was born November 27, 1934, in Des Moines, IA, to Herbert and Clara (Stark) Dawson. In 1962, he married Patricia Mcvay in Chicago, Illinois. In 1966, he moved with his family to live the rest of his life in Norwalk, Iowa.

Tom began his long career in the painting and decorating business while still a teenager, painting enormous signs and tall towers, climbing to heights that would put many people in a panic. He ultimately started his own business, Quality Painting Company and Army Post Construction Company. In addition, he started one of the first handyman services in the Des Moines area, Big Dan the Handyman. He earned a reputation for providing work of the highest quality. He mentored his son, who carried on the business after Tom retired.

Among Tom’s passions was hunting for antiques and attending flea markets, where he found many worn out pieces of furniture that he brought back to life. In the same workshop where he transformed his finds into treasures, he also created items from scratch, such as his delightful wheel barrel planters. He loved to travel, and he never met a stranger. His happiest moments in leisure may have been those spent in his music room. The instruments changed over the years and included keyboard, accordion, dulcimer, guitar, and harmonica. He had the gift of being able to play by ear.

Tom placed his family above all else, and they will miss him dearly.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
October 2, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wakonda Christian Church
3938 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321

Memorial Service
Saturday
October 2, 2021

11:00 AM
Wakonda Christian Church
3938 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321

Funeral Luncheon
Saturday
October 2, 2021

12:00 PM
Wakonda Christian Church
3938 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321

Graveside Service
Saturday
October 2, 2021

1:30 PM
Norwalk Cemetery
Corner of Cherry Street and North Street
Norwalk, Iowa 50211

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