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Vincent Dawley

Vincent Edward Dawley, age 89, of Munich, ND, passed away August 26, 2015, at Towner County Living Center in Cando, ND, surrounded by his loving family.

Vince was born June 21, 1926, in Kenmare, ND, the youngest child of Delbert and Alvina (Gregoire) Dawley. In 1943 he and his family moved to a farm in rural Munich, ND. He served two years in the Navy at the end of World War II and returned home to the family farm. Vince loved the farm life, from using horses in the early days to plant crops to the modern machinery used during his final harvest in 2014. He said it was the perfect place to raise a family. Vince also enjoyed taking care of cattle on the farm, although he had to wait until his youngest daughter, Luann, came along to have someone really share in that love for animals. His wife, Lois, said that Lu was always walking only two steps behind her Dad!

Lois Wirth and Vince were married on July 31, 1950, in Munich at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was a man of great faith. He served as Eucharist minister and was 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.

In 1984 Vince and Lois moved to a new home in Munich where they enjoyed many happy family gatherings through the years. Vince was an active community member. In 1971 he was a charter member of the Munich Rural Ambulance, served as secretary-treasurer for the Munich Fire District for 44 years, and was a member of the Munich Commercial Club. Vince was involved with the North Dakota Soil Conservation program for 45 years, serving on the board of directors at the state and local levels and as state president in 1992. He belonged to the Sarles American Legion Post 276, where he served as Honor Guard and Post Commander.

Vince loved the game of basketball and was a referee for 33 years, including many state tournaments. He and his long-time officiating partner and close friend, Jack Klai, were inducted into the North Dakota Officials Hall of Fame in 1983.

Vince treasured time spent with his family fishing at the Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota and road trips to Seattle to visit relatives. He also enjoyed hunting with family and friends in the Munich area. He was loved by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for his great sense of humor and his kind and loving heart.

Vince is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Lois; daughter Bonnie (Mark) Hanson of Chelan,WA and their children Erik (Christa) and grandchildren Kaamon, Marley and Laili and Marit (Ward Vuillemot); son Kevin (Debbie) Dawley of Munich, ND and their children Kyle, Courtney (Nick) Gaines and grandchildren Kingston and Truett, and Gretchen; daughter Donna (Gerry) Gannon of Everett, WA and their children Travis (Amanda), Kelsey, and Kayla (Andy) Gilbert; daughter Diane (Brad) Barth of Fergus Falls, MN and their children Tara, Tyler, and Trevor; daughter Marti (Greg) DeBilzan of Lino Lakes, MN and their children Anna and Julie; and son-in-law Steve Ashpole (husband of Luann) of Edinburg, ND and their children Haley, Grace, and Clare. He was preceded in death by his daughter Luann, sister Margaret (Warren) Mosley, brothers Thomas (Janis) and James (Alta), and his parents.

A visitation will be held from 6-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service and Rosary starting at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4th, 2015, at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Munich, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5th, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Munich. (Please note change of prayer service time from what was previously posted.)

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Munich. Military honors will be provided by Sarles American Legion Post 276 and the ND Military Honors Team.

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Lois and family, I am so sorry for your lose. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. I so remember Vin's warm smile. He was a great referee at BB games. If you thought he made a wrong call and told him so, he would just smile and move on! He was a great influence on a lot of kids. He will be sorely missed. God bless you all.

Nancy (Biby) Holt Sep 14 2015 12:00 AM

Lois, So very sorry for your loss. Grace (Symons) Rendall

Grace (Symons) Rendall Sep 9 2015 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers with you at this time of sadness. Vin, may you rest in peace, god bless you.

Randy and Karen Richter Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM

To my wonderful godfather thank you for the memories and the constant smile thank would warm any day. You will be in my heart forever. Love ya

Edward Gregoire Sep 2 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Kevin and Family, My Deepest Sympathy to you on the loss of your Father. My best recollection of Vin is always him refereeing basketball. Your Dad was by far the best official I can ever recall fair yet firm with the rules. I never saw him lose his cool or control of a BB game. When I would commit a foul he would come up to me and ask me if I knew why he call the foul on me. He seemed like a very gentle yet teaching man. He always had time to say Hi and greet me. Again our Prayers are with you at this time. God Bless. Jay & Lanette Schmaltz

Jay & Lanette Schmaltz Sep 2 2015 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family of Vin! I will treasure many great memories of Vin as he was one of the most welcoming persons in Cavalier County when I first started as County Agent working very closely with him for many years as he was a dedicated Soil Conservation District Supervisor and Farmer. Vin and Lois were recognized and honored with the Cavalier County Outstanding Agriculturalist Award in the late 70's. Vin was always a very welcoming and polite person with a great sense of humor that I will miss along with his positive attitude and the visits we had over the years. We will all miss him very much! Ron Beneda

Ron Beneda Sep 2 2015 12:00 AM

Dawley Family, We express our sincere sympathy for your loss. We remember Vin as a referee during our high school years in Hannah. God bless you all. Arnie & Judy

Arnie & Judy Jordan Sep 1 2015 12:00 AM

Mrs. Dawley and Family: My sympathy goes out to you and your family. I know that you do not know me or remember me, but I wanted to pass on how Mr. Dawley had an impact on my life. From 1965 to 1968, I played basketball for St. Alphonsus High School in Langdon. It was during those 4 years that I respected the great job Mr. Dawley did as a referee. He was always professional, in shape, and had command of the game. He was my role model when I started my career as an official in the state of Washington. For 22 years I refereed and used Mr. Dawley and Mr Klai as my role models. I still use him as an example when I instruct new officials. Just wanted to pass on to you want an great example he was to many that played the game of basketball. Tony Lorenz

Tony Lorenz Aug 31 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Kevin, Debbie and Family, A beautiful obituary for Vin. I will always remember his smile and friendly manner when he stopped in at the courthouse to say Hi. I will miss him. May God's peace and grace surround you.

Jane Hayen Aug 31 2015 12:00 AM

My love and prayers goes out to your lovely family.

Anita M Washington Aug 31 2015 12:00 AM

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