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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • William Robert ‘Bob’’ Dotson Jr.

  • William Robert "Bob" Dotson Jr., 89, of New London, Missouri, went to be with his Lord at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.
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  • William Robert  "Bob" Dotson Jr., 89, of New London, Missouri, went to be with his Lord at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal. 
    Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Pastor Tom Day will officiate.
    Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.
    Mr. Dotson  was born April 1, 1924, in Hannibal, Mo., to William Robert Dotson Sr. and Martha Gertrude Moyer Dotson.
    He was married to Emily Sue Guttery on April 25, 1943, in the home of Rev. John Golden in Hannibal, Mo, They enjoyed 60 wonderful years together. She preceded him in death December 13, 2003.
    Survivors include five children, Carolyn Sue Dietle (Richard) of New London, Mo., Charlotte Ann Maddox (Frank) of Hannibal, Mo., William R. "Bobby" Dotson III (Carol) of New London, Mo., Donald L. "Don" Dotson (Elizabeth) of Midwest City, Okla., and James O. "Jim" Dotson (Hazel) of New London, Mo.; one sister, Virginia Rebecca Blessing; one sister-in-law, Alvina Dotson; 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; eight great- great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas L. "Duane" Dotson; one sister, Etta Lorraine Lake; two brothers-in-law, Steve Lake and Clarence W. Blessing, three sisters-in-law, Eleanor Speck, Clara Dryden and Teresa Harvey; and one grandson.
    Mr. Dotson graduated from New London High School and the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. While studying agriculture engineering at Mizzou, Bob participated in heavyweight boxing and loved sharing stories from his boxing days.   Bob was a lifetime farmer, east of New London, Mo. He was also a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 350 for over 60 years.  He loved hunting, fishing and motorcycle riding with his wife, Sue. Bob also liked woodworking, hunting for mushrooms and rocks and liked camping and all outdoor activities. He mostly enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Bob was also a very active member of Freedom Bible Church in Oakwood, where he served as an elder. 
    Memorial contributions may be made to Freedom Bible Church or the American Heart Association, in care of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.
    Online condolences may be made and video tribute viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com
     

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