Charles Neale Dawson
Charles Neale Dawson passed away on March 19, 2014. He was born July 26, 1950 to Tracey Elsworth Dawson and Betty West in Wallace, Idaho.
As a young child the family moved to Idaho Falls and then at age 11 the family moved to Deer Lodge. Charlie lived his life out in Deer Lodge with short stays in other towns, but Deer Lodge was his home.
He attended Catholic grade school in Deer Lodge and Powell County High School, graduating in 1968. He then attended radio broadcasting school in San Francisco in 1969 and radio engineering school in Los Angeles in 1970.
He returned to Montana where he was a radio announcer in Great Falls, Butte, Anaconda and Deer Lodge. During his radio announcing career he announced stock car races, drag races and demolition derbies around Western Montana.
In July 13, 1973 he married Susan Grubaugh in Great Falls. They moved to Deer Lodge in 1974 where they have lived ever since.
In 1988 Charlie joined the Recovery Community and was active in NA/AA, helping many people.
In 1997 Charlie, also known as “Bulldog” started the Free Rider Motorcycle Club along with his son “Buckshot” and his brother “Shrink”. Club members have put many miles on their Harley-Davidson ever since.
Charlie loved traveling on his Harley with Sue and his club brothers. He also enjoyed hunting, camping and exploring the mountains with his family.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Sue, son Tracey, daughter Kelly and the light of his life, grandson Trace. Charlie is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Sue and Bill Whitney of Deer Lodge and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He is also survived by two very special young ladies, Jaime “Bum” Brewer, Misty Taylor and Joe and Dotsie Shafer. He is also survived by his Free Rider Brothers. Preceding him in death are his parents, step-father, Clifford Perkins and sister Traci.
Twenty-five years clean and sober – ride pain free forever Bulldog – the journey is all yours.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge. Memorials can be made to the Montana Hope Project.
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