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Donald Gene Dawson, age 84, of Benton, KY

obit1BENTON, KY - Donald Gene Dawson, age 84, of Benton, KY, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, KY.

Mr. Dawson received his Master's Degree from Colorado State University and Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University. He taught English at John Deere Middle School in Moline, IL. Mr. Dawson was a teacher of English in the Moline School System from 1950 - 1984.

He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Dawson was the son of the late William Harold Dawson and the late Dorothy (Collins) Dawson.

He married Anna Mae (Cobb) Dawson in 1962 and is survived by: One Daughter: Lynne Polley, husband Tim, Benton, KY; One Son: David Dawson, Moline, IL; Three Sisters: Dorothy Howe, North Port, FL, Mary Felix, Wichita, KS, Marie Fogler, North Port, FL; and Three Grand Children: Sean Polley, Dubuque, Iowa, Ben Polley, Benton, KY, and Julia Dawson, Moline, IL.

Arrangements are being handled by Collier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 492, Benton, KY.

Funeral Service will be held at Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory LTD, Moline, IL on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Tim Polley officiating.

Interment will follow at Moline Memorial Park, Moline, IL.

Friends may call the Esterdahl Mortuary on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 between the hours of 4:00 and 8:00 p.m.

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