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Ulysses "John" Andrew Dawes Jr.

Modified: Friday, Feb 1st, 2013

DAWES—Ulysses “John” Andrew Dawes Jr., 75, of Westlake, passed away peacefully from this life at his home, with his loving family by his side, Jan. 24, 2013, after a long illness.

John was born July 28, 1937, in Louisville, Ky., to Ulysses Andrew Dawes Sr. and Dorothy Mae Coleman Dawes.

After an adventurous childhood, he proudly presented himself at the age of 16 to join the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. John worked in aircraft maintenance and particularly excelled as a jet engine mechanic, at one time serving a year-long tour on command level inspection teams.

He grew to love the Air Force, which took him around the world including Europe, the Far East, Vietnam, Africa and multiple tours in the United Kingdom, where he met and married the love of his life, Shirley.

After nearly 23 rewarding and distinguished years, he retired from the Air Force and subsequently worked in the aerospace industry in California and the Middle East before he moved to Florence 25 years ago to retire and enjoy the beautiful scenery and moderate climate.

He was a man of many talents who lived a full life with many experiences. He loved traveling and everything outdoors, animals, history, antiques and also to regale those around him with many tales of his life, especially about the old family days, both in Kentucky and in England.

He had a particular fondness for his many years in England along with his English family. He had the ability to fix just about anything and an amazing depth of knowledge of a wide variety of subjects.

He was a member of the Air Force Association, Elks, VFW, a Mason and a honorary member of the British Legion. He touched many lives far and wide.

John is preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Jim and Terry; and his sister, Judy.

John is survived by Shirley, his heartbroken wife of more than 55 years; his son, Greg, and his wife, Ana; his daughter, Cindy, all of whom reside in Florence; his daughter, Joanne, and Alan, who reside in Norfolk, England; his sister, Joyce, and her husband, Quincy, who reside in Las Vegas; six grandchildren: Chris, Mark, Sarah, Tess, Heather and Shaun; and seven great-grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and his dogs. He may be gone but he will forever be with us.

At his request, a private ceremony will be held by the family at a later time. Donations can be made to the USO or Salvation Army in his memory.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

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