Anthony James "Tony" Draege (1951 - 2014)

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  • "A special prayer for Kathy, the Meyers and the Draege kids...."
    - Tom and Jane
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Anthony James "Tony" Draege, 63, of rural Vandalia, passed away at 2:10 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at his home.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia. The family asks that casual attire be worn for the services. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to services on Saturday, both at the church. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: FFA or Crown Point Community Church. Online condolences may be shared at
Mr. Draege was born on March 2, 1951, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Robert W. and Helen "Jean" Hawkins Draege. He married Kathryn "Kathy" Brown on Dec. 31, 1988, in Vandlaia.
He was a self-employed farmer of Draege Farms and a stock car racer. He was a former Vandalia Township road commissioner, he served with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 520 of Granite City, he was a former board member at the local ASC office and was a member of the national FFA.
He enjoyed farming and racing at Fayette County Speedway with his boys, hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle and summer vacations in Arkansas.
He is survived by his wife; father, of Mt. Vernon; sons, Michael Meyer of Shobonier, Aaron Draege of Vandalia, Aric "Jake" Draege and his fiancé Emily of Farina, and Colton Draege and his girlfriend Alyssa Cole of Vandalia; daughter, Emily Jo Meyer Babb and her husband Shannon of Moweaqua; sisters, Brenda and her husband Dale Randall, and Dessie and her husband Carl "JR" Staley, both of Mt. Vernon; nephew, Robert Staley of Mt. Vernon; father- and mother-in-law, David W. and Betty Brown of Vandalia; sisters-in-law, Cindy and her husband Randy Woolsey of Patoka, and Beth and her husband Larry Redman of Fillmore; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from May 28 to June 4, 2014