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Robert Cecil


November 30 , 1955 - November 18 , 2019

Robert Cecil Dotson
Robert Cecil Dotson
1955 - 2019


Friday, November 22, 2019
1:00 ~ 8:00 PM
Michigan Memorial Funeral Home


Saturday, November 23, 2019
10:00 AM
Michigan Memorial Funeral Home

Interment in Michigan Memorial Park



Robert Cecil Dotson, age 63 of Carleton, passed away November 18, 2019 in Ann Arbor. Bob was born November 30, 1955 in Wyandotte and was the son of Cecil and Marilyn (Thompson) Dotson.

Bob began his career working for his father at Cecil Dotson Electric, and then began working at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant (formerly Mazda Motor Manufacturing and AutoAlliance International) for over 32 years.

Bob was a loving and supportive husband and father. He was the rock of his family who could always be depended on because of his outstanding work ethic, values and intelligence. He was proud to be involved with the Boy Scouts of America and raised three Eagle Scout sons.

He enjoyed photography, going on vacations with Joann, updating their historical home, driving his tractor and working with his hands on many projects. He was known as a handy man who could fix anything. In his younger years, he enjoyed flying planes, scuba diving, canoeing and camping. He was a lovely man to all who knew him.

Bob's memory will be cherished by his wife, Joann Dotson, children: Barry (Jessica) Dotson, Christopher (Kelly) Dotson, Matthew (Asia Rapai) Dotson, step-children: Rachel (Mat) Helton, Olivia (David) Casey, Kaitlin Wylie, grandchildren: Olivia, Lucy, Catherine, Aleena and Madelyn, the mother of his children, Michelle (Fred) Wickenheiser, his step-mother Catherine Dotson, his siblings: Bonnie (John) Parmelee, Beverly (Bill) Barker, Brian (Janet) Dotson, step-siblings: Corry Driscoll, Brenda (Bill) Driscoll, Jeffery (Rebecca) Driscoll, and his beloved dog, SteveO.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Marilyn, grandson Gabriel Dotson and step-brother William Driscoll.

A celebration of life will take place at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, 30895 W. Huron River Dr., Flat Rock, MI.


My thoughts and Prayers to the Dotson Family! Bob was a great Man and a great worker. He will be dearly missed. Rest In Peace Bob ❤️ Lori Dicks-Kandow

Dear Chris and family, I am sending my sincerest sympathy to you all at this difficult time. You are in my prayers. Teresa Moss Teresa Moss

My prayers are with the whole Dotson family. Robert raised an amazing son, a great testament to the man he was. May he rest in piece. Maddy Powers

Chris, You and your family are in our prayers. We are sorry for your loss. Paul and Kathy Alflen Paul Alflen

Thinking of all of you at this difficult time and joining in praying for you. I am so sorry for this loss. He sounds like a wonderful man who has left an amazing legacy. May God's grace and presence be with you all. Sr. Mary Fallon

Dear Dotson family, our prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. Mickey Redmond

Dear Dotson family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all at this time. Meghan Buckler

Dear friends: All of us at Father Gabriel Richard High School are holding the family close in prayer and love. We stand with you at this time, in hope of eternal life, and of God's comforting Spirit. Father Richard Lobert

No words can truly express how deeply I, and all at FGR, care for the Dotson family. I pray you find comfort in each other's company, strength in leaning on the Lord, and joy as you remember the wonderful man who leaves behind such a beautiful legacy. Anne K-M

Dear Dotson Family, Words are not adequate to express my sympathy for you in this time of loss. You have been on my heart everyday and in my prayers. May you be a comfort to one another at this time and may you know that a day will come when you will all be together one day. Sr. Sarah Burdick

Our prayers are with you. Our deepest sympathy. Alicia C Wong

To Chris and the entire Dotson family, I am so sorry for your loss. My family will be praying for the entire Dotson family. Clint Robert

It was a pleasure to know and work with such a kind hearted man. Bob will be truly missed by many. Rest easy my friend. Edna Skeen

We are sorry for your loss. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Jaclyn Manor

The entire Davis family is so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Mary Jo, Roy and Susanna Mary Jo Davis

Dear Chris, Kelly & Catherine, We want to express our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. Know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. Deacon Dave & Janet Lawrence

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Eric Klute

Dear Dotson family, please know that we are holding all of you close in our hearts with prayer. We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend. May he rest in the peace of Christ. The DeJak Family

We are very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and our prayers. The Kaiser Family

My condolences to the Dotson family. I've only ever known Bob as Joann's husband. My glimpse into Bob might not be the same as yours as I've never worked with him, wasn't raised by him, and never played cards against him. The beauty of our nature as humans is to see how we change with the people we are with. Bob in my perception was a constant view of steady strength. No matter the occasion he was the same temperament, he was never one to be loud or make himself the center of attention. In the chaotic world we live in it's a blessing to find someone so content with themselves they never feel the need to be "on" or fake. Bob and Joann from our perspective were a true partner couple. If you asked one for plans their reply would almost certainly be I'll have check with her/him and let you know. To find someone who constantly and consistently considers you showed the world just what amazing love you shared and how valued you held each other. I'm very sorry Bob's time on this earth was not longer. I will miss his sense of humor, even though at first meeting I didn't think we'd get along or that he'd ever be as funny. I will miss the amazing treats he managed to whip up like it was nothing. I will miss his love for you Joann, bc as I've said finding relationship role models in this world is not easy, and you two have on more than one occasion been people Wade and I have tried to model our relationship after. Tiffany M Fry

With love and prayers from the Benz family to the wonderful Dotson family Dan and Lisa Benz

Dear Chris and family, We are deeply sorry for your loss. May the Lord holds your family in his arms and gives you the strength to continue with your journeys to serve Him in everything you do, like your father did. He is an angel now watching over you. He will always live in your hearts and in the legacy of love and dedication to his family. Receive a hug from all of us. Masses will be offered for the repose soul of your father in our parish SJN in Canton. God bless! The Lashaways The Lashaway family