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John Drives

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Drives, John James

John James Drives, 82, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., formerly of Sheboygan, Wis., passed away on Jan. 27, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family from congestive heart failure.

Born July 27, 1930 in Madison, Wis. John graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Drives moved to Sheboygan, Wis. and started the Sheboygan Animal Hospital in Sheboygan, Wis., in 1960. The veterinary practice started with large animals and later focused on small animals for 30 years.

John Drives was involved in several community organizes in Wisconsin and Arizona. John was an active member of the Sheboygan Elks Club, Yacht Club, Animal Humane Society and Lions Club. He served as a president for the Lions Club and Humane Society of Sheboygan County. When John moved to Arizona, he became active in the Lake Havasu Yacht Club and the Desert Hawks Model Airplane Club.

He enjoyed sailing, playing bridge, reading and flying his model airplanes.

John Drives served proudly in the 26th Infantry Scout Dog Platoon in Korea and Japan while in United States Army.

John Drives married Sharon McDonna on Aug. 31, 1957, in Fox Point, Wis.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Edith Drives.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sharon; and children, Paddy Drives Phillpotts (Vic), Marietta, Ga.; Peter Drives, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; and Molly Drives Seeman (Bill), Circle Pines, Minn. He is also survived by grandchildren, Ian, Keely and Quinn Phillpotts, Marietta, Ga.; Erin and Patrick Seeman, Circle Pines, Minn.; his brother, Houghton (Laura Lee) Drives, Madison, Wis.

John Drives was an active member of the Mount Olive Lutheran, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He really enjoyed the singing in the Lake Havasu Community Choir.

The family is planning a memorial service to celebrate his life, joys and family in April in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sheboygan County Humane Society.

We will miss you dearly, husband and father, and when our time comes we will meet you in heaven.

Published in Sheboygan Press on Feb. 8, 2013
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