Maurice J. Drew 1921-2010
A Mass of Christian Burial for Maurice J. Drew of Cylinder was Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Clem Currans was the celebrant.
Burial was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Drew passed away Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. He was 89.
Maurice Joseph Drew, son of Isaac E. and Mary V. (Conway)?Drew, was born March 26, 1921, in Emmetsburg. He graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1938.
Maurice served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, from 1942 to 1946.
On June 18, 1949, Maurice Drew and Jeanne Marie Turck were married at Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The couple began farming in Palo Alto County in 1950 and moved to their farm near Cylinder in 1960. Maurice farmed until his retirement in 1993.
Maurice was a member of Holy Family Parish and sang in the church choir for many years. He served as a 4-H leader and was on the 4-H?Foundation Board. For 25 years he served on the County Agriculture Services Committee. He had also served on the Cylinder Coop Elevator Board, Emmetsburg School District Board and he was a Freedom Township Trustee.
In September, Maurice joined World War II veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Marie of Cylinder; children, Gary (Marilyn) Drew of Maquoketa, Betsy Drew of Sioux Falls, SD, Denise (Loren)?Reit of Spencer, Mary Drew of Clear Lake and Dan (Cathy)?Drew of Sioux Falls,?SD; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Also surviving are two brothers, Harold (Adeline)?Drew of Oak View, CA, and Lawrence (Betty)?Drew of Emmetsburg; nieces and nephews.
Condolences can be left at: www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com