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Charles "Bud" Dratwick, 83, of Olathe, Kan., passed away Wed., July 10, 2013, at Olathe Medical Center. Private family services will be held at the Wade Family Funeral Home, with burial at Parkdale Cemetery, Arlington, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Grace Lutheran Church in Arlington, or St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Decatur, Ill. He was born Sept. 22, 1929, in Staunton, Ill., to Charles and Anna Dratwick. Bud grew up in Decatur, Ill., where he met his wife of 63 years and raised four daughters and one son, where 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, and was a dedicated member of the choir with a beautiful tenor voice. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris "Dottie" Dratwick on Jan. 1, 2012, his parents, Charles (Chick) and Anna Dratwick and grandsons, Billy Richmond and Bobby Dan Davis. He is survived by four daughters, Sherry Berry of El Paso, Texas, Pamella Brunson of Irving, Texas, Jann Richmond (William) of Arlington, Texas, and Gail Cook of Irving; one son, Charles V. Dratwick (Tori) of Alvarado, Texas, 15 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and one great great-granddaughter; brother, John Dratwick of Decatur, sister, Eunice Carroll, also of Decatur, sister-in-law, Laurel Akin (Bob) of Enterprise, Ala., brother-in-law, Van O'Connor (Missy) of Valley Head, Ala.; and niece, Cindy Barnett and nephew, Eric Carroll, both of Illinois. 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. To leave a special message please visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com
Published in Kansas City Star on July 12, 2013
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