William Robert “Bob” Dotson, Jr., 89, of New London, Missouri, went to be with his Lord at 9:50 AM Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.
Funeral Services will be at 4:00 PM Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Pastor Tom Day will officiate.
Visitation will be from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Tuesday at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
Mr. Dotson was born April 1, 1924, in Hannibal, MO to William Robert Dotson Sr. and Martha Gertrude Moyer Dotson.
He was married to Emily Sue Guttery on April 25, 1943 in the home of Rev. John Golden in Hannibal, MO, They enjoyed 60 wonderful years together. She preceded him in death December 13, 2003.
Survivors include 5 children, Carolyn Sue Dietle (Richard) of New London, MO, Charlotte Ann Maddox (Frank) of Hannibal, MO, William R. “Bobby” Dotson III (Carol) of New London, MO, Donald L. “Don” Dotson (Elizabeth) of Midwest City, OK, James O. “Jim” Dotson (Hazel) of New London, MO,1 Sister, Virginia Rebecca Blessing,1 sister in law, Alvina Dotson, 21 Grandchildren, 35 Great Grandchildren, 8 Great Great Grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother; Thomas L. “Duane” Dotson, 1 sister; Etta Lorraine Lake, 2 brothers in law; Steve Lake, Clarence W. Blessing, 3 sisters in law; Eleanor Speck, Clara Dryden, Teresa Harvey and 1 grandson.
Mr. Dotson graduated from New London High School and the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. While studying agriculture engineering at Mizzou, Bob participated in heavy weight boxing and loved sharing stories from his boxing days. Bob was a lifetime farmer, east of New London, MO. He was also a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local # 350 for over 60 years. He loved hunting, fishing,and motorcycle riding with his wife, Sue. Bob also liked woodworking, hunting for mushrooms and rocks and liked camping and all outdoor activities. He mostly enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Bob was also a very active member of Freedom Bible Church in Oakwood, where he served as an Elder.
Memorial contributions may be made to Freedom Bible Church or the American Heart Association in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
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