Vernon Henry Drewa Jr., 82, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at First Baptist Church of Keller. Interment: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Vernon was born Jan. 17, 1930, and raised in Fort Worth. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars where he earned two Purple Hearts. He retired from the U.S. Navy after over 30 years of service as a naval intelligence officer. He then worked and retired as the southwest regional manager of the Federal Aviation Administration at D/FW Airport, Dallas. Vernon was a Master Mason for 52 years and a charter member of the Elks Lodge Midcities. He served on the board of Baylor Hospital and Scottish Rite hospitals in Dallas. He was a member of the Tin Can Sailors, Amphibious group, Navy League, First Baptist Church of Keller and numerous other organizations. Vernon was dedicated to his family genealogy and loved fishing and hunting. Most of all, he was a man who loved his family and friends, God and country, who never met a stranger. Survivors: Wife, Gail; daughters, Karen Skrasek and husband, Johnnie, Danna Kuyper and husband, Dick, and Kristi Lucas; brother, Robert Wayne Drewa and wife, Laverne; brother-in-law, Gerry Wren and wife, Barbara; grandchildren, Jason Skrasek, Joey Martinak, Brittney and Brooke Elliott, and Natalie, Sarah, Amanda, Josh and Mark Lucas; great-grandchildren, Macy and Maddy Martinak.
Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 18, 2012.