DRAYER, DONALD H., 92, of Louisville, passed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012 at his home.
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He was the Assistant Plant Manager for International Harvester and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1943 with a degree in Geology. Donald served his country proudly in the United States Army under General Patton as Commander of the Third Infantry Army Headquarters during World War II. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Croix de Guerre avec Etoile de Bronze medal along with several Ribbons. Donald was an Honorary member of the Marine Corpe.
Memberships include, Silvis (Illinois) Masonic Lodge, co-founder of Amvets Group (East Moline, IL), School Board (East Moline, IL), Christ Church United Methodist, where he was a member of the Pathfinders Sunday School Class, and Downtown Kiwanis Club. He was also a Kentucky Colonel. Donald was an avid hunter, boater, fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Bernice Webb and Eunice Drayer.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 69 years, Janet Chapman Drayer; daughters, Nancy Drayer of Sterling, IL, Diane Justice (Bryan) of Friendsville, TN; son, Steve Drayer of Houston, TX; granddaughters, Laura Cruse Randa (Mark) of Oconomowoc, WI, and Ashley Marie Cruse of Long Beach, CA; and great-grandson, Ethan Donald Randa.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday at noon at Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road. Burial with Military Honors will be at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at church. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village.
In lieu of customary expressions of sympathy, the family has requested memorials to Hosparus, Helping Hands Companion Care, or Christ Church United Methodist Music Department.
Please visit: www.archlheadywestport.com to leave a condolence for the family.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2012