Alvin Earl "Jack" Drews died peacefully on July 6, 2013, in Houston. The eighth of eleven children, he was born February 27, 1926 in Houston to Fred Charles and Julia Schubert Drews. In World War II, after volunteering for military service as a teenager, Jack served in Central Europe with the Third Army under General Patton, where his division fought in the Battle of the Bulge, assisted in the relief of Bastogne, and liberated several concentration camps including Dachau. He was honorably discharged and received several military service awards and a Purple Heart. Jack was married for 55 years to Jacquelyn Reno Drews and had two children, Jack Reno Drews and Helen Juliann "Julie" Drews May.
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He attended San Jacinto High School and studied engineering at the University of Houston. Finding that an office job was not for him, he excelled as a plumber, working into his seventies. A lifelong member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, at Trinity Lutheran Church Jack taught Sunday School and served as a church elder, a church trustee, Vice President of the Congregation, and Chairman of the Board of Education of the school.
He also served on the board of the Lutheran High School Association. He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his brothers Rupert, Fred, and Robert, and his sisters Irene and Edna. He is survived by his sisters Annie Ruth, Doris, Dorothy, and Grace, his brother Lyle, his son Jack and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Drews of Austin, his daughter Julie May of Houston, his grandchildren Brad May of Houston, Matthew Drews of Washington, D.C. and Katherine "Katie" Drews of Austin, several in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews. A more detailed obituary will appear on Forest Park Lawndale's website. The family is grateful to the devoted staff of the Forum at Memorial Woods and Odyssey Hospice Care for their kindness and excellent care (including among many others Madeline Goldsmith). Jack will be buried at Forest Park Lawndale, where visitation will be at 5-9 P.M. on Tuesday, July 9. The funeral will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, 800 Houston Avenue, at 10 A.M. on Wednesday, July 10.
The family requests that persons wishing to remember Jack consider making a donation to the tuition endowment programs at Trinity Lutheran School, 800 Houston Avenue, or Lutheran South Academy.
Published in Houston Chronicle from July 9 to July 10, 2013