Francis Joseph Drejer Ph.D.
1945 - 2020
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Francis Joseph Drejer, PhD

Oct. 5, 1945 - April 22, 2020

MISHAWAKA, IN - Francis Joseph Drejer, PhD, 74, of Mishawaka, Indiana passed away at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Golden Living Center-Fountainview. Francis was born on October 5, 1945 in South Bend, Indiana to Joseph Francis Drejer and Anne (Kitkowski) Drejer. He had been employed with the federal government prior to his retirement. On September 3, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, he married Theodora Buchman, who survives. Francis is also survived by his son, Robert Drejer; his sister, Mary (David) Long of Osceola, Indiana; and his brother, Thomas (Judy) Drejer of Florida. The family is planning a private visitation. Burial will take place at a later date in National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Virginia. Francis received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago and his Doctorate of Anthropology from Northwestern University. Prior to working for the federal government he served three years in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and was a social worker in Chicago. He was an avid reader, traveler, and nature enthusiast. Kaniewski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 26, 2020.
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May 2, 2020
Frank was a wonderful colleague and friend, always kind and a good listener. He made the world a better place. I am grateful to have known him.
April 29, 2020
Frank was a dedicated mentor who always set aside time to help others at work. I am grateful to have learned from him. I always admired his knowledge and patience. He will be missed by many.
April 28, 2020
A lot of fond memories of Frank when we worked together. He was a kind and gentle soul who cared deeply about his family, his colleagues and his work. He always had time to share his deep knowledge and to mentor others.
April 28, 2020
Frank was a kind and generous soul. He was the big brother/wise uncle that everyone wants and even sometimes needs. Everyone whose life you touched, Frank, misses you.
April 27, 2020
A wonderful human being and a totally dedicated public servant. We will miss him.
Steve L.
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