DAVID H. VAN DREW, 68 ROCHELLE - David H. Van Drew, 68, passed away Monday, September 9, 2013, at his home in Rochelle. He was born December 12, 1944, to Harold and Dorothy (Miller) Van Drew in Atlanta, Georgia. David married Dianne Belkholm on September 10, 1977, in Princeton, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents. David started his radio career in high school and followed that by earning his degree at the Midwest School of Broadcasting. While serving in the army, he hosted a weekly radio show in Saigon, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He continued working in the radio industry for the rest of his lifetime. He worked for WKEI in Kewanee, for WZOE in Princeton as the news and sports broadcaster, and has been the co-owner of WRHL for the last 22 years, but retired as the general manager in 2010. In 2011, he was awarded the Broadcast Pioneer award. David was a lifelong Chicago sports fan. . . after giving up on the Cubs, he had high hopes for the Bears. David is survived by his wife, Dianne; his brother, John (Noralee) Van Drew; his sister-in-law, Joanne (Greg Jensen) Sheldon; three nieces, Sarah (Mario) Ruiz, Susan (Matt) Hoffman and Melissa (Mike) Verucchi; one nephew, John Van Drew; four great-nieces; two great-nephews; and his dog, Baxter. The family would like to thank the VNA Hospice, the Rochelle Fire Department and Sharon Allen with In Touch Home Care! The visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2013, at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. 6th St., Rochelle. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 13, 2013, at the Grant Johnson Funeral Home, 30 W. Mechanic St., Princeton, IL 61356. There will be a short visitation the same day of the funeral from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at the Elm Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Princeton. Memorials may be made to the Rochelle Fire Department, Gateway Services in Princeton or TAILS in DeKalb. Visit www.ungerhorner.com to sign the online guestbook.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2013