A former trustee and member of the Consolidated Cooperative family, J. Richard Dawson, age 94, of Brown Township in Delaware, Ohio, died June 4 at Willow Brook Christian Village. Dick served on the Delaware Rural Electric Cooperative Board from 1981 to 1995.
Consolidated Electric Cooperative, which rebranded to Consolidated Cooperative earlier this year, was formed when Delaware Rural Electric Cooperative and Morrow Electric Cooperative merged to deliver electricity to serve farmers and others living in rural north central Ohio.
A United States Navy Veteran, Dick graduated at the top of his class as an Aviation Machinist toward the end of WW II. His many agricultural accomplishments included being named Farmer of the Year by the Delaware Chamber of Commerce in 1956. In 1995, Dick earned the Ohio Pork Producers “Industry of EXCELLENCE” award, in 1996 he became a member of the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame at the Ohio State Fair, and in 2006 Dick was elected into the Delaware County Agricultural Society Hall of Fame.
In addition to his service as an electric cooperative trustee, Dick was on the Board of Directors for Fidelity Bank for 21 years, and was a Brown Township Board of Trustee from 1970 to 1991.
He was married to his first wife, the former Betty Humes, for 48 years. She passed away in 1993. He was also preceded in death by his second wife of 18 years, Dorothy Dawson, who died in 2017.
Dick had three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Consolidated Cooperative is grateful for Dick’s years of dedication and service to the co-op and its members, and senior staff and employees extend their heartfelt condolences to his family.