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Charles "Bud" Dratwick

1929 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Charles "Bud" Dratwick Obituary
Charles "Bud" Dratwick, 83, of Olathe, Kan., passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at an Olathe medical center. Private family services will be held at the Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington, with burial in Parkdale Cemetery, Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Grace Lutheran Church in Arlington or St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Decatur, Ill. Bud was born Sept. 22, 1929, in Staunton, Ill., to Charles and Anna Dratwick. He grew up in Decatur, Ill., where he met his wife of 63 years and raised four daughters and one son. He he worked multiple jobs and still found time for his family and playing softball for the Wabash team. He worked for the Wabash and Santa Fe Railroads for 40-plus years. Bud loved his St Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, Arizona Cardinals and the fighting Illini passionately. After retirement Bud was a self-taught computer guru, wood carver, loved cooking and playing Words with Friends. Bud and Doris enjoyed traveling and visiting with family, friends and grandchildren after retirement. Bud was a past member of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Decatur, Ill., and was a dedicated member of the choir with a beautiful tenor voice. The family would like to give a special thank-you to his good friends, Ronald Kwasney and Letha Wurtz, for all of their love and special care. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris "Dottie" Dratwick, Jan. 1, 2012; his parents, Charles "Chick" and Anna Dratwick; and grandsons, Billy Richmond and Bobby Dan Davis. Survivors: He is survived by daughters, Sherry Berry of El Paso, Pamella Brunson of Irving, Jann Richmond (William) of Arlington and Gail Cook of Irving; son, Charles V. Dratwick (Tori) of Alvarado; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great- great-granddaughter; brother, John Dratwick of Decatur, Ill.; sister, Eunice Carroll, also of Decatur, Ill.; sister-in-law, Laurel Akin (Bob) of Enterprise, Ala.; brother-in-law, Van O'Connor (Missy) of Valley Head, Ala.; niece, Cindy Barnett; and nephew, Eric Carroll, both of Illinois.
Published in Star-Telegram on July 12, 2013
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