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of St. Michael, MN

August 29, 1950 – July 15, 2023

Vernon J.Dawson

Age 72 of St Michael peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 15, 2023.  He was born on August 29, 1950 in Minneapolis, the son of Edmund and Dorothy (Mueller) Dawson.

After graduating from St Michael Catholic High School, he entered the Navy and went to Vietnam.  On January 8, 1972, Vernon Dawson and Barbara Bloms were united in marriage at St Michael Catholic Church in St Michael and started their married life in Long Beach, California.  After finishing his Naval duties, they moved back to St Michael to raise their family.  God blessed their marriage with six children: Jennifer, Gregory, Brian, Joseph, Thomas and John Patrick.

Vern was a humble, gentle, hardworking man who would help out anyone in need with a smile on his face and a kind word.  Vern loved to “take a drive” and took his family on many adventures across the country.  His family, friends and faith were his life and he knew there was nothing more important.  Vern retired in 2009 from the Bulk Mail Center in Eagan after many years of service. In the last few years, illness caused many physical challenges for Vern and took away many of the freedoms he enjoyed most in life, but he never once complained and accepted his cross to bear.  He worked hard, loved strongly, never trying to “impress anyone”, and was an example of a life well lived.

Vern was preceded in death by his father Edmund Dawson: mother Dorothy Dawson; Father-in-law, Roger Bloms; Sister, Marie O’Brien and many other cherished sister/brother in-laws, nieces and relatives.

Vern will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 51 years, Barbara; children: Jennifer Beaudry (Jon); Gregory (Kalee); Brian; Joseph (Diana); Thomas (Margaret); and John Patrick (Jeanie).  9 grandchildren: Malia, Sophia, Finley, McKenna, Hadley, Zachary, Tyler, Lachlan, Gabriel. 3 step-grandchildren: Jocelyn, Tanner, Tristan. Mother-in-law, Verna Bloms. Siblings: Ann (Bob) Lenz; Daniel Dawson.  Many in-laws, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Michael Catholic Church, 11300 Frankfort Pkwy NE, St Michael, MN.  Visitation: Thursday, July 20 from 4-7pm with prayer service at 6pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 21 at 10:00am, with a visitation one hour prior.  Interment: St Michael Catholic Cemetery, followed by luncheon at the Church.

 

 

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Corey Greninger

    Greg and Family-
    I am sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Corey Greninger

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  2. Laurinda Irwin

    Bobbi, Please know of my prayers for you and your family. Your love and care for Vern was so beautiful and such an inspiration.
    I miss seeing you!
    Laurinda

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  3. Christine Williams

    Barb and family, We are so sorry for your loss of Vern. Please know of our prayers for all of you.
    Steve & Christine (Jaeb) Williams

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  4. Mark Perrier

    I remember Vern as a kind, honest and happy man. I worked with him at the BMC for over 25 years and I saw him smile every day. Knowing that he drove from St. Michael to Eagan in all kinds of weather and traffic and was still smiling was a mystery to me but so is life. Take care of each other.

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  5. Monte bouressa

    So sorry for your loss

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  6. Janet Lyrek

    Bobbi and family. So sorry to hear of Vern’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you all. Love and prayers

    Reply

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