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Thomas W. Dawkins

May 9, 1941 June 22, 2015
Thomas W. Dawkins
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Obituary for Thomas W. Dawkins

Thomas Winston Dawkins passed away Monday, June 22, 2015 at the age of 74 surrounded by his family. He passed away at Sophies Manor, Centuria, Wisconsin, after a long battle with diabetes.

Thomas was born in DeQueen, Arkansas, May 9, 1941. Later his family moved to Albuquerque, MN where he graduated high school. Straight out of high school, Thomas joined the Navy. He worked as a Chief Interior Communication Electrician on numerous Battleships, Submarines, Aircraft Carriers and Bases. While in the service he was stationed at Subic Bay, Phillipines, when he met his wife; they were married February 24, 1967. Later that year his daughter was born in the Naval Hospital in Subic Bay. Six years later his son was born in the Naval Hospital located in Glasgow, Scotland. At the end of his service he found himself an instructor at Great Lakes Naval Training Base. After 20 years of service, he retired from the Navy at the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

After the Navy he moved his family to Beloit, WI. He worked at various companies, including Fairbanks Morse. He finally found a good fit at Gunite where he was an Electrical Engineer. He also followed his passion of being an educator and volunteered his time to the Stateline Literacy Council and other charities. After he retired from Gunite, he moved to Luck, WI. He told his daughter that Luck and the surrounding areas was a beautiful area for his retirement and he was happy that he was able to live here.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jesse and Edna (Bradley) Dawkins. He is survived by his wife, Fe (Ybarreta); his daughter, Sue Ann (Brian Bottolfson); his son, John Thomas (Monica Dawkins); a brother, Charles Dawkins; and his five grandchildren, Dylan Dawkins, Kayla Dawkins, Anastasia Adams, Brandon Dawkins, and Justin Adams.

There will be a Celebration of his life at his daughters house (1064 245th Ave., Luck, WI 54853) on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at www.rowefh.com or www.wicremationcenter.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

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