Obituary for Richard L. Drew

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Richard L. Drew

August 18, 1930 - March 11, 2017

Richard “Dick” L. Drew, age 86, beloved husband of Grace of nearly 30 years; loving father of Rick, Mark, Brandie Brenneman, Samuel, and step-son James Millis Jr.; devoted grandfather of Jessie (Camron) Edwards, Jason (Becky), Jenna Brenneman, JT Brenneman, Jacob Brenneman, Justin Brenneman, and Jocelyn and great-grandfather of Emilee Edwards, Madelyn and Ella Drew; dearest brother of Beverly Conner and Barb (Sam) Caruthers; brother-in-law of Dan (Darlene) Arent, Calvin (Donna) Arent, Shirley Head, Laura (Dennis) Klug, and Dawn (Mike) Arent; dear uncle and great-uncle of many. He is survived by pervious wife Anne (Krajnik) Archibald.

He is preceded in death by parents; Harriet (Irwin) and Samuel; brothers Sammy and Bill; and daughter-in-law Kathe (Pongrass) Drew.

Dick was born on August 18, 1930 in Clearfield, Pa. and passed away peacefully on Saturday March 11, 2017 at his home. In his mid-teens, he was a Golden Gloves boxer in the Cleveland, Oh. area. He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17 and spent his service as a weather observer and airplane pilot in England achieving the title of sergeant. He was a Korean War veteran. Dick was an avid bowler who spent most of his life owning and managing bowling alleys. One of his best attributes was his ability to positively help and instruct the game of bowling, proudly and generously giving his time to teach those less fortunate even those with disabilities reaching from physical and blindness. He was an active member of the PBA, bowling professionally for 19 years. He was a life member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting with family and listening and playing music. He was a resident of Eastlake, Oh. for 28 years then resided at his family cabin in Curwensville, Pa. He will be remembered mostly as a spiritual, self-sufficient, strong, loving man who loved life and all of God’s creations. Dick will be dearly missed.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Contributions may be made in memory of Dick Drew to Penn Highlands Clearfield Hospice, 809 Turnpike Avenue, Clearfield, PA 16830.

PA Simple Cremation is in charge of arrangements.

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Seth posted on March 29, 2017

This man was my bowling coach since I was 10, I couldn't bowl to save my life I'd average 20-30 each game which was terrible. He saw potential in me that I couldn't see and took time out of his life every week working on improving my techniques and fixing my same mistakes. He even gave and drilled my first bowling ball and taught me different techniques on how to add curve the ball, he never tried to change how I bowled but helped me Improve my techniques. My average became 180-200 and I had a high of 258. I never imagined bowling in the different tournaments he signed me up for. He was like a grandpa to me he'd take me to turkey shoots, or four wheeling. Thank you so much for being part of my life, it's hard for me to hear you're gone.

Greg and Janet posted on March 29, 2017

Mr. Drew was an amazing man. Our family grieves that he is no longer here, yet rejoices knowing he no longer is suffering. We appreciate the time spent with Dick and Grace. Our love and prayers are with his family.He taught my son how to bowl and play the guitar. We had fun at a Turkey shoot in Orville where he showed us his gun skills! He delivered Santa gifts to my kids years ago and they are still treasured. He will always be remembered and have a special place in our hearts. RIP Mr. Drew. It was truly an honor and blessing to know such a fine man!

The chapman posted on March 13, 2017

Dear Brandie,Sam and families. We are very sorry for the loss of you Dad and Grandpa. With sympathy, Larry and Pat


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