Howard Dean Dawson, 65 of Eau Claire passed away on Tuesday February 12, 2019 at his home with his loving daughter by his side.

Howard was born on January 6, 1954 to Herbert and Lois (Smith) Dawson in Eau Claire. Howard was a hardworking man. He had many jobs in his lifetime, however the job he loved most was the business that he started, HD Lawn Care. Howard loved to do landscaping and lawncare for his customers. He enjoyed planting flowers to watch them bloom and for the wonderful aroma they gave off. You would always see ornaments in his yard. Howard had white picket fencing, bird baths, fountains, and a wind mill. Quite often, at the end of a long day, you would see Howard sitting outside enjoying a Diet Coke. He also loved his “boys,” Poochini and Snoopy.

Howard is survived by his children; Bill Dawson and Michelle Dawson of Eau Claire; granddaughter, Madeline Dawson of Fall Creek; three step-children, Cimberlee Malmquist, Curtis (Theresa) Wegerer, and Clinton (Tammy) Wegerer all of Eau Claire; many step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Mark (Lori) Dawson of Neillsville, Donald (Ardelle) Dawson of Green Bay, Marlene (Albert) Sylvester of Eau Claire, and Donna (Tom) Bignell of IL; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Lois Dawson; the love of his life, Virlee Dawson; sisters, Dawn Dawson and Marie Douglas; brothers, Harold Dawson and Lloyd Dawson; brother-in-law, Roger Douglas; and nephew, Tommy Riegle.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel. Visitation will begin two hours prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will follow the service at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Cleghorn. Friends and family may leave online condolences at


  1. So sorry for your loss, It’s been many years since I last seen Howard. I remember him as fun loving. We were so young back then. To all the family, Peace and Comfort to you all through Jesus our Lord.

  2. Dear Michelle and Bill: My deepest sympathies are with you both as you morn the loss of your father. Hold his memory close to your heart today and always. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen him in years but I always thought he was a wonderful man and Dad to you guys. Again so sorry, take care.

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