Weldon "Dewey" L. Dotson, 84, of Chebanse, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at his home.
He was born June 18, 1936 in Mt. Pleasant, IA, the son of Boyd (Vera) Dotson and Louise (Louis) Bosley.
Dewey married the love of his life, Cuc Thi (Honey) Nguyen on September 1, 1970 in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Dewey served 11 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps resigning as a 1st Lt. in 1970. From 1970 - 1975, he resided in Vietnam and worked as a Power Plant General Foreman/Advisor for Pacific Architects/Engineers for the US Dept. of Defense and the South Vietnamese Govt. He earned his Associates in Electronics at KCC in 1977 and later taught Commercial Electricity at KCC. Dewey also held several Electrical Maintenance Management positions, including Bennett Industries and AO Smith. He retired from Com Ed as an Associate Engineer in the Braidwood Nuclear Power Plant in 1997. After his retirement, he worked alongside his wife helping her with her catering/concessions business.
He was most happy when spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, photography, computers and vacationing to Vietnam.
He was a lifetime member of the Mason Saigon Lodge #188.
Surviving are his wife, Honey Dotson of Chebanse and their 5 children; three daughters, Vi "Ba" Thi (Ronnie) Lapka of Palos Hills, Louise (Rodrigo) Medina of Manteno, Mary (Chad) Nugent of Manteno; and two sons, Quoc "Buck" Luong of Manteno, and Adam (Tricia) Dotson of Manteno; twenty grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his eldest son, Boyd "Allen" (Pat) Dotson of Greenville, NC; and younger brother, Kenneth Vaughn of Aroma Park.
Dewey is preceded in his death by his parents and one younger brother, Michael Vaughn.
Visitation will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with a Masonic service at 5:45 p.m. by the Chebanse Masonic Lodge #429.
Private graveside services will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
Memorials may be made to Kankakee Valley Hospice.
Per the CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing are recommended.
Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
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