PAUL L. DRINKARD Paul L. Drinkard, 91, of Jensen Beach, Florida died June 3, 2014. Beloved husband, father, broth
er and grandfather, Mr. Drinkard was a true American, a farmer's son turned entrepreneur, whose curiosity about the inner workings of machines and tools helped him to become the consummate businessman and self- made man. He was born in Paris, Tennessee May 27, 1923, but, grew up on the family farm in Murray, Kentucky, one of seven children. From an early age, he was responsible for the daily workings of the farm following the death of his father. He was the sole support of his mother, Lila Drinkard "Mama D" who remained in Murray, until her death in 1979. As many of the young men of his generation, he was a Veteran of World War II. He enlisted in the Army in April of 1943 and was at Normandy on D-Day; the 70th Anniversary of that assault occurs this very week. After the war, Paul moved to Michigan where he lived and worked for most of the rest of his life. He was the owner/operator of three tool and die manufacturing businesses: Deco, HiTemp and ASECO and worked for many years as a consultant, as well. He lived in Rochester, MI for more than 30 years where he loved to entertain his family, friends and associates with rowdy cookout, a good game of beanbag and a dip in the lake. He would tell you he was a homebody, but, was blessed with the opportunity to travel the world and left few destinations unseen. One of the original members of the Family Motor Coach Association, plaque #315, he managed to wear out more than one motor home as a road warrior. Once retired, he spent his winters in Jensen Beach, Florida, where he was instrumental in the purchase and development of a residential community on Hutchinson Island know as Venture III and as residents, he and his wife, Betsey remained active in its management and affairs. He was a patient gardener, an avid golfer and a keen pool player. His love of open water was evident by waterfront homes in Rochester and Jensen Beach and more recently a summer home in Petoskey near Lake Michigan. He is survived by his loving wife, Betsey Raymond Drinkard, and his children: Larry (Claudine) Drinkard, Shirley (Gary) Schroeder, and Bob (Ellen) Doster. Four step-children: Andy (Debbie) Raymond, Francetta Raymond, Lee (Nate) Carey and Michael Raymond, 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He has one remaining sibling, Betty J. Coleman and numerous nieces and nephews. He was well-loved and will be much missed. Please visit: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/ dignityMemorial/guestbook.asp x?n=paul-dinkard&pid=171222382 to leave a message, memory or condolences. Please sign the online guest book at, www.aycockjensenbeach.com Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, Florida.
Published in the TC Palm on June 10, 2014