John S. Dreas, 76, born Oct. 31, 1939, in Mendota, Ill., died Friday evening July 22, 2016, at home.
John grew up in the Radom-
Ashley area. He started school in the Locust Grove one room school, then attended St. Michael's boarding school for local farm children. He helped
on the family farm, and baled hay for neighbors. He graduated from Waltonville High School, and Southern Illinois University.
John valiantly served in the U.S. Army in Germany; then he guarded missile sites in Hecker, Ill., during the cold war. He was a chemist working in the food industry.
He then worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in St. Louis, Mo., as a meat inspector. John also spent time working on the rail road.
He was a generous, kind, and a holy man who loved to cook and share his baked goods with his family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. He mowed lawns, loved to garden, and fed the stray cats in his neighborhood. John enjoyed the internet and loved to send comics and animal stories to his friends. He played the concertina and supported his church, he was God's good and faithful servant.
He was devoted to his late wife, Wilma, nee Marciniak, Dreas; and his late parents, Anthony and Agnes, nee Buretta, Dreas.
His devotion extends to his surviving step-children, Raymond and Sandra; his grandchildren, Valerie, Nicholas, Raymond Jr., Angela, and Priscilla; his sister, Evelyn; his brothers, Joseph, George, and Jerome; and nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, and his buddies at the Caseyville VFW Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Caseyville VFW, to Masses at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, Ill., or to St. Michael's
Elevator Fund, and may be received at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at: www.herrfuneral.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Herr funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill.
Funeral: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2016, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, Ill. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at
St. Michael's Church Cemetery, Radom, Ill.
HOME, Collinsville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 27, 2016