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Richard Dakon

January 9, 1943May 29, 2015
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Richard (Rick) Dakon, 72, Smithville, MO, passed away on May 29, 2015, after a short battle with cancer. He was born on January 9, 1943. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Hope and Arnold Dakon, and a son, Jamie Freuck.

Rick served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from TWA/AA after 37 years in 2003. He was a long-time member of the Heart of America Bluegrass and Old Time Music Club, K.C. Area Bluegrass Music Club, and the Gower Goodtimers. His passions were his family, bluegrass music, woodcarving, winemaking, traveling, camping, fishing and hunting. He was best known for his dry sense of humor and keen wit.

Survivors include his wife, Gail, daughter Penny Elliott (Kenny), sons Ronald Dakon (DiAnna), Richard Dakon (Kristin) Brian Freuck (Theresa), and his brother Rodney Dakon (Sandra), 13 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter due in August, and an extraordinary amount of family and friends.

Funeral services are 10 am, Wednesday, June 3 at McGilley Antioch Chapel; burial in White Chapel Cemetery. Visitation from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at McGilley Antioch Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Heart of America Bluegrass and Old Time Much Club, Kansas City Area Bluegrass Music Club or The Gower Goodtimers.

Services

  • Visitation in Chapel Tuesday, June 2, 2015
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 3, 2015
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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Newell Jett

June 17, 2015

Sorry to hear about Rick. Jettman Table Rock Mo.

Gary and Linda McClellan

June 5, 2015

Gail: We just read on Facebook about Rick. We always enjoyed jamming with you guys and we had a great time when we camped in your yard. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Contact us anytime. Love Gary and Linda McClellan

Steve Redding

June 3, 2015

Steve Redding

June 3, 2015

Steve Redding

June 3, 2015

Gail,
I saw you at the visitation and I neglected to give you condolences that I was asked to give from three friends who knew you and Rick and played music with you both, but could not make it to the services. Dave Robinson, Ron Ford, and Loren Richardson asked me to express their sympathies to you and your family for them. Rick was admired very much by all of us as a great musician and a great guy! He will be deeply missed by many good friends. You will all be in our prayers!

Steve Redding

June 2, 2015

Dear Gail and Family, Although I didn't have the pleasure of knowing you Gail, Rick spoke of you often and all the fun times you had together. Rick was a crew chief in the department I worked in and he was such a kind person and a true gentleman. Always willing to help. He will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Sue and Howard Fields

john norred

June 2, 2015

Cris and i would like to express our condolences to you and your family. We both know losing a parent is so hard. God bless you and your family Cris and John Norred

Marcus McIntire

June 2, 2015

There are few people you come in contact with, in the course of life, who you do not see for weeks, months or even years at a time but then when you see each other again, you don't miss a beat and pick up right where you left off, as if no time had passed since your last meeting; to me, and I am sure I speak for many, my uncle Rick was one of those people. I am so grateful to have had the honor of having him in my life and knowing that when I needed him he would drop what he was doing to give me the shirt off of his back. Rick was one of those guys who knew so much about most everything, but did not try to showcase his knowledge. I think they call it humility, something the world today is sorely lacking, and even more so now that we are without my beloved uncle, Rick Dakon. I must not lie, and act like me and Rick hung out a lot or even did a lot of things together, nor did we speak with each other much, but ever since I was about 8 years old and we were having a family gathering with the whole lot of the Hopkins family, at what I think was the newly built home on Mt. Olivet, and despite my youth and obvious inexperience, my uncle Rick noticed me watching him get a fire going in the fireplace, there between the parlor and family room. He called me over and spoke with me, gave me a few pointers and ultimately passed the poker to me and gave me control of the fire. Thinking back, I realize that there wasn't much tending that was required, as Rick had it pretty much roaring, but at the time I was amazed and honored that he would and did, trust me to keep that fire going. I still remember him saying "Now you just do like I showed you and keep it going, and you'll do a fine job." I could go on about the way that made me feel and everything, but the reason I told this story is because ever since then, I felt that we had a sort of bond that a lot of folks may never experience, and I like to think that Rick felt the connection as well, though I never really had a chance to speak with him and tell him how that simple gesture, made me feel so important.

To my Aunt Gail and Rick's sons, Richard & Ronnie: I can only imagine how empty and fruitless any words I might offer must be, having lost such a major part of your life. Still, in times of death in sorrow in my own life, I have found comfort in a Power higher than all of us, which has been spoken throughout the ages in Psalm 23: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me. Your rod and your staff, the comfort me.

I understand that the loss you are having to endure, is much bigger than any I have experienced. But just remember that even though we ask ourselves why this happened, and those of us who loved Rick find the world that much more drab and empty now that we finally must know the world without him, we can't start to imagine how much more so it would have been, should we have not had him here with us for the time that we did.

June 2, 2015

My sympathy to you, Gail, and the rest of your family. Judy Frame

Roger Shields and Family

June 2, 2015

Gail, we are so very sorry for your loss. We will certainly keep all of you in our prayers. Rick will be sorely missed. In times of great trial I try take shelter in the Lord Psalms 91 helps me with this. May God comfort you and yours.