James Diccon Dawson

James Diccon Dawson, 42, of Kearney, Mo., passed away August 21, 2018. Diccon was born July 1, 1976 to James Rex and Dana Jo (Winn) Dawson on the island of Guam.  He attended school at Stuart-Menlo in Stuart, Iowa, where he was noted class clown, and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo., in 1994. After a brief stint in the Air Force, he attended AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in New York.

During his time in New York he was cast in the Obie award-winning play Benten Kozo at the Off-Broadway Flea Theatre.  From New York he moved back to Iowa and then Arizona.  Diccon’s Sunday “sermons” are fondly remembered by patrons of The Alamo Saloon in Fountain Hills, where he was a well-liked bartender.  While in Arizona, Diccon was diagnosed with lupus, and autoimmune disease which attacked his kidneys and heart.  He later moved to Kearney, Mo., to be near family.  Diccon was very fortunate to receive a donor kidney in 2009, which served him well for two years.  Following the failure of his donor kidney, Diccon moved briefly to Atlanta, Ga., and then to Louisville, Ky. Diccon made many, many friends everywhere he went.  He had the girt of intelligence, humor, and a lightning-fast wit.  It was impossible to stay mad at him, which he tested often.  He loved his friends, watching sports, and most of all his family.

Diccon is survived by his father, James Rex (Susan) Dawson; his sister, Anne (Clint) Powell and their daughters, Claudia “Chuck” and Vivian “Wally”; stepbrother, Brent Uitermarkt and his son, Logan; and stepsister, Amy (Brian) Soper and their daughters, Shyanne (Tyler) Cooley, Kallie, and Layla.

He was preceded in death by infant brother, Bennett Christian, and mother, Dana Jo.

Celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 31, 2018 at the Kearney First United Methodist Church, 1000 E. State Route 92, Kearney, MO.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America.

Arrangements in care of Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney.

Our Sincere Condolences

Anne,
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Merlea Schultz

May you find the strength to guide you through this time of loss and sorrow.
Diccon my friend, you brought many smiles and tons of laughs. I will remember you with great fondness and love.
Sandy

I’m so sorry to hear of Diccon’s passing. He did attempt to put elementary teachers on their toes, but he was a loveable little guy. Anne and others, prayers go up for you, and let happy memories console you.
Louise

I was so sad to hear of Diccon’s passing. I loved his humor and his quick wit. Heaven is a whole lot funnier now that he is there. Diccon was a great person, and I will always have fond memories of him. Rest in peace my friend…you will truly be missed. I will think of you often.
Nicole

Many hilarious memories from the those Sunday Morning Sermons Deek! You will surely be missed. Make ’em laugh up there!
Joel Campbell