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Earl Drennan Jr.

1928 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Earl Drennan Jr. Obituary
Earl Drennan Jr., better known as "Shine" to many throughout the state, passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at his home in Granbury after a long, brave battle with COPD. He was 85. Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday in Wiley Funeral Home Chapel in Granbury. Interment: Holly Hills Memorial Park in Granbury. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Zach Drennan, Kenny Drennan Jr., Alec Drennan, Holt Jenkins, Hank Drennan, T.J. Drennan, Mike Bieler and Stephen Rosenhamer. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the . The man who drew his nickname because of his sunny disposition and eternally hopeful outlook was born Nov. 7, 1928, to Earl and Laura Drennan on a farm outside Olney. His beliefs about hard work were built early when he helped support the family in the years immediately following the Great Depression by working as a ranch hand and chasing the wheat harvest across the Great Plains as a teenager. He enlisted in the Navy in 1946, trained in San Diego, Calif., patrolled the Pacific and served in atomic bomb testing at Bikini Atoll. Following his military service, he returned home and met the love of his life, Cherry Parker. They were married June 1, 1948, and celebrated their 65th anniversary last summer. Early in their marriage, Earl farmed during the day while roughnecking at night before turning his full attention to the oilfield, where he became one of the foremost authorities in oil and gas drilling in the Southwest. He spent most of his adult life in Ballinger and San Angelo. He loved to travel - particularly to Las Vegas - and took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. Survivors: Wife, Cherry; sons, Royce and wife, Kathy, of Norman, Okla., Kenneth and wife, Marcia, of Granbury, Paul and wife, Vicky, of San Angelo, Eric and wife, Kristi, of Temple; daughter, Patti Green and husband, Josh, of Granbury; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Published in Star-Telegram on May 6, 2014
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