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Leo F. Drag

Leo F. Drag July 28, 1915 - November 18, 2012 Uncasville - Leo Francis Drag, formerly of Uncasville, died on Sunday, November 18, at Apple Rehab in Colchester. He was born on July 28, 1915 in Norwich, the son of Casper Drag and Mary Gresiak Drag. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, helping to develop the country's natural resources, and subsequently enlisted in the United States Navy in 1940. Mr. Drag proudly served his country during World War II and participated in the allied offensive of Iceland in 1941, and North Africa and Sicily in 1943. He served as a Boatswain's Mate aboard both a minesweeper, and a destroyer, the USS MacLeish, before receiving an honorable discharge in 1945. Upon his discharge from the US Navy, he pursued a career in retail food service as a manager for Safeway Stores in New York City. He later relocated his family to his hometown of Norwich where he worked in the meat department for Beit Brothers and the Yantic Grain before ultimately accepting a position with the First National Stores where he remained for 30 years. He was a member of Saint John's Parish in Uncasville and the Montville Senior Citizens Center. He was also a lifetime member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the USA, Lodge #430 in Norwich, and the Montville Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Drag leaves behind a daughter, Regina Gray, three grandchildren, David Gray, Michael Gray and wife Courtney, and Christine Green and husband Richard; two great-granddaughters, Savannah and Lyndsey Gray; one great-grandson, Michael Gray, Jr.; one brother, Joseph Drag and wife Helen; three nieces, Karen Lysik, Carole Drong, Joanne Drag, and one nephew, Chester Drong. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Maria Drag; three brothers, Chester Drong, Charles Drag and Thaddeus Drag; and three sisters, Sister Mary Lucidia, Antoinette Russell, and Helen Drong. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, November 21 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Woyasz Funeral Home, 11 Jerome Road, Uncasville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Church, 22 Maple Avenue, Montville. Burial, with military honors, will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to either St. John's Church or Apple Rehab - Colchester.


Published in Norwich Bulletin on Nov. 20, 2012
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