Robert Dawes, 80

Robert E. "Bob" Dawes, 80, LaFontaine, went peacefully to be with Jesus at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 9. His life was dedicated to his Lord, his family, his friends, and his church family. 

He was born May 7, 1933 in Wabash, to Harold F. Dawes and Ruth (Gillespie) Dawes.  He married Theda (Snider) Dawes Aug. 21, 1955.

Bob was a 1951 graduate of LaFontaine High School. He received a B.A. degree in Psychology from Manchester College in 1956, an M.A. in Education from Ball State University, and attended seminary in Dayton, Ohio.  He taught one year at Noble Township in Wabash County, three years at Somerset High School, and 37 years at Southwood High School as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, athletic director, and guidance counselor. 

Bob was an avid sports fan.  He was often found keeping detailed stats or holding a stopwatch on the sidelines of a sporting event.  He loved following his grandchildren in their numerous activities and spent hours supporting them and other students in the community with his attendance. 

Bob was very instrumental in helping keep his retired teacher/coach friends in contact on the third Thursday of each month.  Bob's greatest desire was to interact with and to share his faith with people from all walks of life.  He loved being around people.  He especially had a passion for helping young people strive to reach their fullest educational potential and to develop a relationship with Christ.  He spent many years investing in students' lives by being the sponsor of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a very active member of the Wabash Friends Church. 

He is survived by his four children, Brent (Susan) Dawes, Wabash, Brian (Donna) Dawes, Leesburg, Cindi (Mark) Lantz, Milford, and Lori (Steve) Heath, LaFontaine, his brother, Ralph (Janice) Dawes, LaFontaine.

He is also survived by 12 devoted grandchildren and their families - Josh Dawes, Sherman Way, Cali., Kyle (Kelsey) Lantz, South Bend, Jenny (Jody) Tyner, Wabash, Kory (Alison) Lantz, South Bend, Amy (Josh) Cortez, Wabash, Heather Dawes, Indianapolis, Kalyn Lantz, Wheaton, Ill., Jordan (Kindra) Dawes, Zionsville , Haley Heath, Taylor Heath, Carson Heath all of LaFontaine and Sharde' Armstrong, Chicago, Ill.  His great grandchildren include Avery Lantz, Jaden Cortez, and Kasen Tyner; and a foster daughter, Mickey Barton and her son, Levi, Columbus, Ohio.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Theda on June 5, 2010.

Funeral services were held at Wabash Friends Church on Sept. 13, with David Phillips and Alex Falder officiating. Burial followed in Friends Cemetery, Wabash. 

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash Friends Church or FCA Scholarship Fund through the Community Foundation of Wabash County.

The memorial guest book for Bob may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Sep 11