DE LEON SPRINGS, Fla. — Kenneth E. Dawson Jr., 61, of De Leon Springs, Fla., peacefully passed to his eternal building project on Dec. 13, 2016, with his Florida family by his side.

‘Lil Kenny was born in Ohio on Aug. 17, 1955. A 1973 graduate of Danville High. During his teens and early 20s he worked with his father, brother and life-long friends building homes around central Ohio. Kenny eventually moved to Florida where he honed his building skills crafting full size trolley cars that were shipped throughout the country, and installing kitchen cabinetry in multi-million dollar homes around the Orlando area which were featured in Architectural Magazines. He spent the last decade doing interior remodeling, tile work, and building furniture such as gun cabinets, buffets, kitchen cabinetry etc. for family and friends, who will forever have these works to remember him by. He took great pride in the detail of his work and there was nothing he couldn’t fashion from a piece of wood. Kenny held stock in the manufacturing of bandannas, and donated his bandanaed locks a time or two. To him, cancer taking his hair was the worst it could possibly do.

Survived by his mother, Mary Sue Dawson; daughter, Kendra Dawson (Dave); daughter, Michelle (Ron) Mickley; siblings, Marie Wears, Robert (Gayle) Dawson, Beth (David) Erquhart; grandchildren, RJ, Nathan, Andrew, Johnathan; and several nephews and nieces; Florida Family, Alice, Tammy (daughter), Randy, Nathan (grandson), Angel (granddaughter), Art, Bobbi Jo, Travis, Bobby, Howie, and Barbara. And his long time good friend, Sam. Predeceased by father, Ken (2010), and nephew, Darek (2001)
Kenny’s gentle nature will be greatly missed.

Cremation by Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home, Deland, Fla. Ashes to be spread in Florida. A Celebration of Life will be held Jan. 14, 2017, at 2 p.m., at Millersburg Christian Life Center, 125 North Clay St., Millersburg, Ohio.

The Dawson family wishes to thank Kenny’s Florida Family for their care and love of him.

Submitted by Beth Erquhart.

 

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