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In Memory of Elliott Dawson


5-8PM - Thursday, May 5 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson, WI

Funeral Services

12 NOON - Friday, May 6 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton, MN

Elliott Dawson, age 18, of Hudson, WI, died tragically in a bicycle accident on April 29, 2016 in Hudson.

Elliott was born on March 15, 1998 in Bloomington, IN to Scott and Jill (Overkamp) Dawson. Their family moved to Hudson, WI in 2005, and Elliott attended Hudson High School, where he was a senior.

Elliott’s interests were the guitar, particularly shredding of the metal variety, notably performed at HHS’s annual Diversity Day; all things movies from viewing to filmmaking; and various sports from participating as a wrestler to enjoying basketball.  Elliott enjoyed serving others and was a friend to the underdog and downtrodden.  Elliott realized dreams from playing in a church band to hiking the East Rim of Zion National Park.  He participated in school choir. He was often seen walking his basset, Alvin, along the streets of North Hudson.

Elliott was a member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, volunteering for his last project at Godtown, in St. Paul, exemplifying his care for a community in need.  Elliott exhibited a quick wit and ability to disarm others with his frank suggestions interwoven with his pleasant disposition.  Elliott thought the best of others and lived his life as a conscientious young man willing to take risks and dream big.  We treasure the legacy of lives he impacted. 

He is survived by his parents, Scott and Jill Dawson of Hudson, WI; sister, Olivia Dawson of Hudson, WI; grandparents, Catherine and Frederick Overkamp of Hurricane, UT; grandmother, Shirley Dawson of Marshall, IL; aunts and uncles, Joanna Overkamp of Hurricane UT; Rick Dawson of Louisville, KY; Terry and Diana Dawson of Greenwood, IN; Linda and Will Hostettler, of Springfield, IL; Diana and Kevin Whalen of Gridley, IL; cousins, Matthew Kay, Adam and Shawna LaGreca, Carly Whalen, Logan Whalen, Cory Dawson, Kendall Dawson.

Preceded in death by aunt, Cheryl Dawson of Marshall, IL; uncles: Alan Kay and Chris Kennedy grandfather, Rev. Warren Dawson of Marshall, IL.

A visitation for Elliott will be held 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St, Hudson. Funeral Service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 14107 S. Hudson Rd, Afton, MN with a visitation one hour prior to the service at church.

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    • To Anyone Who Knew Elliot-
      I remember Elliot when he was very young. I used to babysit for the family in Linton, IN. He was such a pleasure and so kind. I actually was just thinking about the Dawson family a few days ago when my daughter asked me what my first “job” was. This is incredibly tragic and I am sending prayers to the family. I can see that he enjoyed life and was gifted as I knew he would be. I know the devastation and heartbreak that comes with losing a child and I can only hope the family remain strong on their faith. You guys had such a beautiful family and impacted how I have created mine. My favorite memory of Elliot is when I asked him to brush his teeth before bed and said “do I have to,” I told him, “yes, your sister already done hers,” and he said, “yeah, but I can do it better.” He just giggled and laughed out loud at the fact that he could brush his teeth the best. As kids, Olivia and Elliot were so close and they loved the movie Brother Bear. Prayers and love.

      May you all find peace,
      Samantha Shields (Jerrell)

    • Scott, having had the pleasure of interacting and talking to you at work, I always knew you were a good man who loved his family and being a father. My heart is aching for you and your family.

      I can only have admiration for parent’s who raised such neat and talented kids.

    • Dawson Family,
      I’m sending you my biggest prayers right now. I was in wrestling with elliot. He never let anyone fall behind. He made a room light up with just his smile. Stay strong.
      Brady Whaley and whaley family

    • Scott – My heart breaks for your family, and so I send a little piece of it. Having talked with you at work over the years, I always walked away feeling that you are a great dad and that Elliott was quite a light of a person. May warm, healing Light surround you all.
      -Lynne Osterbauer

    • To the Dawson family,

      My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I enjoyed getting to know you when Elliott was a preschool boy in Linton. He grew up to be a wonderful young man. I know that heaven is an even more awesome place with him there.

      Prayers for you,
      Sandy Carpenter

    • Scott & Jill
      My sincere condolences on the passing of your son. May your faith in God guide you through these very tough days. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

      Lynn Wininger

    • Scott – I am so sorry to hear about your son. How tragic and sad. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all and surround you with his love during this very difficult time.
      Barb at the PD’s office.

    • You are all in our thoughts and prayers. So very sorry.

      John and Barb Webster

    • Scott & Jill,

      I found out on Sunday about Elliot’s passing. I had much contact with your son as a substitute teacher, working in the Hudson School District for fourteen years, teaching all grade levels.

      Elliot was a wonderful student, inquisitive and eager to learn. He always had a kind word to say about his teachers and fellow students, and I was deeply saddened when I heard of his death.

      Please accept my condolences on losing your son. He was a fine young man, and well respected by myself and many others.


      Art Aytay, Jr.

    • My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Elliot, I know that his legacy will live on.

      God Bless,
      Jodi Tedone

    • We wish the Dawson family peace during this difficult time. Elliott sounds like an incredible human being, and his loss will be felt by many. I pray that the love and support coming your way will lift you in your sorrow. I want to share a verse that brought me through the loss of twin daughters in 2000:

      “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

    • Scott, Jill & Olivia, I am so very, very sorry for your tragic loss. Please know we are keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers. May God carry you through this difficult time. Much love to you all!

    • Scott, Jill, and Olivia,
      I want to express my deepest condolences to your family. I loved Elliott as a precocious preschooler. He always brighten up my day. I will keep you in my prayers daily. God is keeping his arms outstretched around you all and will bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
      God Bless,
      Liz Tharp

    • Scott and Jill. I know there are no words that can soften the loss you are going through. Please know I am lifting you up and praying for comfort for you all.

    • Dear Jill,
      I am so sorry to hear about your son. Deb Tukey let my mom know and she passed the sad news on to me. We are thinking about and praying for you all. Elliot sounds like he was an amazing young man! So sorry.

    • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Although I did not have the honor to meet your son, I have no doubt he was an outstanding young man.

      Julie (Gower) Kraemer

    • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time and the many days to come – I pray for your strength, grace, and peace you may find in the memories of Elliott. I do not know you or Elliott personally, but I have heard nothing but wonderful things about him in the past few days. He will continue to touch lives and do wonderful things ~ Carrie Jilek and family

    • So hard to believe! Glad that we spent time together last summer. Great memories to have during this difficult time. My prayers and hugs to the family, especially Scott, Jill and Olivia! Love you guys!

    • I am so very sorry, I don’t know you all, but my thoughts are with you.
      The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Emerson
      What I have read, this fits this young man.

    • Jill,
      We only met once when your sister Joanna and I were driving through Indiana from New Mexico one summer back in the 80’s. I am so sorry to learn of your family’s loss and I am sending you and your family lots of love & light.

      Joy Kanter

    • Hoping you find peace and comfort in all the wonderful memories of such an amazing young man.

    • I am so sorry for this loss and your heartache – we are thinking of you and your family.

    • Our hearts are broken for your loss. Can’t begin to understand what you are going through.
      God Bless.

    • Dawson Family,

      Although I never met your son, my hearts breaks for your family. I can tell you from experience that time heals. You will be reminded daily of something he said or did, his laugh or smile or favorite food. Find comfort in the little things because eventually they will be really big things. Sending my heartfelt sympathy. Amy Bydzovsky #754

    • Scott & Jill-

      The pain of losing a child is a pain like none other. The thoughts that come from every single what if and what would they be doing today come to mind every day.

      When my daughter passed away my mother read a poem and I will get a copy of it to Scott later, but there is one line that just rings to me almost everyday: “Each breeze you feel and see brings love and a kiss from me.” Each and every day that I am really struggling I can look outside and see the slightest breeze and know that she is watching and I hope that you can do the same.

      This is one of my favorite poems that I read at my daughters funeral. Maybe you can find some truth and comfort in this poem for you too.

      A Million Times
      Author Unknown

      You never said I’m leaving
      You never said goodbye
      You were gone before we knew it,
      And only God knows why.

      A million times we’ve needed you
      A million times we’ve cried.
      If love alone could have saved you,
      You never would have died.

      In life we loved you dearly,
      In death we love you still.
      In our hearts you hold a place
      That no one else can fill.

      It broke our hearts to lose you.
      But you didn’t go alone
      For part of us went with you
      The day God called you home.

      I still find comfort in this poem still today, 11 years later.

      Fly High Elliott.
      “I hope your dancing in the sky
      I hope your singing in the Angels choir.
      I hope the Angels know what they have
      I bet it’s so nice up in Heaven since you arrived.”
      (Lyrics from Dancing in the Sky by Dani and Lizzy)

      Thoughts and prayers are with your family in this difficult time-
      Carrie Collins
      & Family

    • While I know Elliott is experiencing unimaginable joy, my heart breaks for your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • My heart broke when I heard the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all always!

    • Hi Jill & Scott,

      You and your families are in my thoughts & prayers. I’m stunned, but I know Elliott is with Jesus, probably playing guitar. I wish I could be there to give you each a big bear hug.

      Love from Indianapolis,
      Karen & Rob Reynard

    • We are with you in thoughts and prayers at your time of loss. Praying for comfort. Psalm 18:28 comes to mind.
      Sue and Hank

    • Dawson Family,

      Sending our deepest sympathies . May the thought of knowing that friends share in your sadness be comfort to you. Elliott was a great young gentleman and his smile and give it all energy will be greatly missed.

      Sharon, Jeff, Zammy and Zeke