Arthur Kammerer Draut
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Draut, Arthur Kammerer,

91, of Louisville, died on December 14, 2015.

Military officer, educator and politician, he had a long and distinguished career in public service. He was born in 1924 as a fourth generation Louisvillian to Walter and Louise (Kammerer) Draut. Art, as a teenager attending DuPont Manual High School, developed a great sense of humor and a memorable laugh. Upon graduation in 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a radioman aboard the USS Wright that supported military campaigns in the South Pacific during World War II. In 1946, he returned on a merchant tanker via the Panama Canal. His train from New Orleans was met by his family and high school girlfriend, Patricia Epperson, who waited four years for his return. Art and Pat were married in 1949.

One year after marriage, Art was recalled by the U.S. Navy for a three year tour of duty in the Korean War. Posted back to the South Pacific, he was soon promoted to Ensign and went to officer training in Bayonne, New Jersey. He retired from the Naval Reserves in 1968 as a full Commander with 26 years of service to our country.

After he earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Louisville, his civilian career began as a teacher at Eastern High School. In 1956, he transferred to the newly opened Waggener High School where he was a teacher, a dean of students, assistant principal and became principal of Waggener in 1968 until his retirement in 1984. Waggener, under his leadership and supported by a superior teaching staff, earned national academic recognition. Students knew him as a firm and fair leader who had great interest in their success.

Art's political career began in 1978 with election to the St. Matthews City Council. In 1984 he was appointed Mayor upon the death of St. Matthews' beloved mayor, Bernard Bowling. Art would remain mayor for 24 years but continued as a councilman for six additional years and retired in 2014 at the age of 90. During his tenure he and excellent city councils created two St. Matthews parks, installed street lights and sidewalks throughout the city, launched a tree planting program, and upgraded the St. Matthews Community Center.

He was a loving and dedicated husband to Pat, and a loving father to Andy, Ken and Doug. Two passions were going to Lake Cumberland where fun and laughter became lifetime family memories and taking annual family trips to see Spring Baseball in Florida. Later in life, he joyfully took on the role as a wonderful and fun loving grandfather. Art's sense of humor, his great laugh, and sincere interest in other people were his lifetime hallmarks.

Throughout his life he was the member of numerous organizations including: Beargrass Christian Church, Masonic Abraham Lodge 8, American Legion, Kentucky Derby Festival, the Naval Memorial, Military Officers Association and the DuPont Manual Hall of Fame.

Surviving are his three sons, Andrew Draut and his wife Lynda, Ken Draut and his wife Melissa, Doug Draut and his wife Maureen; four grandchildren, Travers Kammerer Draut, Samuel Conrad Draut, Alexis Nicole Draut, and Hannah Patricia Draut; nephew, Walter Draut, Jr.; niece, Sharon Bailey; sister-in-law, Jean McGill, and nephews, David, Steve and Michael McGill. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Patricia Epperson Draut; his mother, Louise Kammerer Draut Lehnhardt; his father, Walter August Draut; his stepfather, Roy H. Lehnhardt; his brother, Walter Draut; sister, Lillian Draut Kline and stepbrother, Robert Lehnhardt.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Highlands.

The family extends grateful and heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the loving staff at Westport Place.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, 40207 or an organization of the donor's choice.

Published by Courier-Journal from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, 2015.
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Mr. Draut was my seventh-grade core teacher at Waggener, a wonderful understanding educator with a great sense of humor. He allowed me to spend most of my time with my nose in a book as long as I completed all my required work. I knew him later as St. Matthews' mayor; he was instrumental in dedicating a small downtown area as Holzheimer Park to honor the history of my mother's family in the community.
Helen DePrima
December 10, 2020
Dear Ken Melissa and Sam I was so sorry to hear about Art.He was such an accomplished man and lived life to the fullest. It was a pleasure to know him. Miss you guys! Marg Campisano
Margaret Campisano
January 7, 2016
Larry L. Mahoney
Condolences from the Mahoney family
and Ken Draut's extended family of
Sabana Seca 109.
December 30, 2015
Dear Draut Family and Friends:

My brother Paul '76, sister Kathy ('72) & I ('75) had the pleasure of growing up at Waggener & St. Matthews where "Mr." Draut made such a positive impact as a Louisvillian & Kentuckian.

His legacy as Waggener's Principal included the Waggener Whiz Kid Class of 1972 that tied Phillips Exeter Prep School for 35 National Merit Semi-Finalists, among other notable Louisvillians.

We have fond memories of his role in our lives at Waggener and in St. Matthews.

May God Bless him and his family!

- Dave Lang '75
Dave Lang
December 23, 2015
Matthew 25:21:
21 His master replied, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

Thank you for serving well Art Draut. So many wonderful childhood memories with you and George and my mother. Our families grieve the loss but rejoice in your eternal legacy and love. WHS class of '83
Laura Robinson Palmquist
December 22, 2015
Draut Family, I had the good fortune to be a member of the Louisville city council while your father was Mayor of St Matthews. The district I represented abutted St Matthews. Mayor Draut and I worked on many projects together that benefited both areas. We also attended many Kentucky League of Cities conventions where we learned best practices to bring back to improve our community. Art was a Mayor's Mayor! He will be remembered fondly by so many and loved for all the good he accomplished. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grief.
Melissa Mershon
December 19, 2015
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Draut. He was a good man, and a fair, caring and respectful leader. He loved the students of Waggener and we loved him back. I am a better person for having had his influence. The world needs more like A.K. Draut. RIP peace sir. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Sam Wolfe
December 19, 2015
We will miss you. Judith (Johnson) Nigh, Class of '64
Judi Nigh
December 19, 2015
Rest in peace Mr. Draut. You have impacted many lives as such a positive influence and role model. Your legacy live on through your offspring as well as the many students you mentored.
Rick Sherman
December 18, 2015
Served in the Naval Reserve with his son Ken. What an outstanding family. So sorry. Steve Morrison.
December 18, 2015
Death is compared to sleep John 11:13.
December 18, 2015
Thank you for helping all the students at Waggener high school. We loved you.RIP. Darlene Sanders class of 67
December 18, 2015
Deepest sympathy to the Draut family. Your father was an exceptional man who was fair and considerate to all his Waggener students. He was always our favorite.
Heather Scarlett Hurley, WHS 1963
December 18, 2015
Our best to you boys and your family. Ken, Andy and Doug, please accept our sympathy and know your dad brought us such good memories. As a principal, I never saw him when he wasn't smiling, and I served on the Derby Festival Board with him and enjoyed that. And you probably don't know this, but my husband and I once saw him stopped on the side of I-64 because he was too tired to drive to an event in Evansville. We took him to the next rest stop which was where he wanted to go so he could take a nap and venture on his way. Such a coincidence, but an honor to be with him. An unusual memory, but a good one. He was a wonderful guy, kind to us and to my parents. Bless you all in your heavy loss.

Class of '73
Terry Dillard
December 18, 2015
RIP Mr. Draut. You were one of the best parts of attending Waggener HS. A kind and considerate man who genuinely cared about his students he had a positive impact upon every one of us. My condolences to your family for their loss.
Ben Kennedy
December 18, 2015
Doug, Maureen, Alexis and Hannah~
My deepest sympathy to you and all of your family. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Sherry Nuss
December 17, 2015
He was my principal at Waggener High School for 4 years (2 in Jr. High) and he was such a fine principal, but more than that, he was a special man. The last time I saw him was at Frisch's Restaurant about 1 year ago, his mind wasn't strong and his body seemed very feeble, but when reminiscing about the days of dear ole Mayme S. Waggener, his eyes lit up and it seemed to bring a smile on his face. I will sorely miss this man, who helped mold me into the person I am today. I respected the man for all that he accomplished both in the school system and for what he did for the city of St. Matthews. I truly loved that man and will miss him terribly. R.I.P. my friend
Tim Bobbie
December 17, 2015
December 17, 2015
What a full and wonderful life, career, and family. I graduated in 1962 from
Waggener....Mr. Draut was always a person with kind words and stict values. I remember him well.
Peggy McCann
December 17, 2015
What a wonderful principal! Mr. Draut's presence communicated authority that was born of integrity. He was very caring too. We all felt that. His intelligence was apparent. He seemed to have about six eyes and three sets of ears because he always knew what was going on everywhere in his large, heavily populated school. To the family: May the knowledge of of your father's great life be a comfort to you at this time. ... Vicki Poole Adams, Waggener Class of '78
Vicki Poole Adams
December 16, 2015
Always looking out for ALL the kids, one hot afternoon Mr. Draut saw me dragging at track practice and yelled for me to keep it up, I did. Although I did not run my first full marathon until age 60, I never forgot his sincere interest in all the team members and not just the stars. Thank you Mr. Draut. Neal Myers, class of 1971
December 16, 2015
When I was on the Lair staff in 1979, I interviewed Mr. Draut for a spread on the 25th anniversary of Waggener. I was so nervous to meet one on one with the Principal, but he soon put me at ease. Our paths crossed again this past January, and he was, as always, a charming, gracious man. God Bless.
Cathy Snowberger Reed
December 16, 2015
Mr Draut was a wonderful person. I was privledged to know and talk to him. The st Matthews community has lost a good one.
Charlotte Cardwell Johnson
December 16, 2015
Mr. Draut was such a gentleman. During the busing era, it was reassuring to have him as our principal at Waggener.
Beth (Snowberger) Gray
December 16, 2015
Although my high school days were rocky & filled with drama, Mr. Draut was always there to help find something positive from all the negatives. I can still remember his voice and see his face after all these years away. And my experience is just a drop in the bucket. It was his calling in life to help those in need. Rest in peace kind sir.
James "Rickey" Durr
December 16, 2015
Our sincere condolences to the Draut family. Wonderful man, wonderful family.
Jim & Dottie Gary
December 16, 2015
We will all miss this great man Mr Draut, a great principle @ Waggener High School, and very nice man who everyone will have great fond memories of him. What a very kind man. Class 1978
Joan Tonini
December 16, 2015
When the first year of busing started in 1975, I was responsible for disciplinary actions including police and court relations for the new JCPS. I had many, many opportunities to be involved with "Mr. Draut." To put it plainly, he was the coolest, most level headed principal I ever dealt with, period. He would invite me to his house for coffee on weekends so we could discuss issues with students, parents, social workers, police etc. He was always looking for the best and effective way to deal with situations. His military background served him well. He will be missed by this entire community, not just St. Matthews. Whoever coined the term "Mayor for life" had Art Draut in mind. I'm glad to say he has left a wonderful extended family behind to carry on his legacy.
Stu Sampson
December 16, 2015
Such fond memories of him as principal of my school. I hope his family finds peace in wonderful memories. A great man.
Nancy Oeswein-Koenig
December 16, 2015
Awe so sad, I loved Mr Draut as a principle. What a kind man.
Class 1979
Laura G
December 16, 2015
Such a wonderful man, principal and mayor! Thank you for everything you did for myself and my 3 siblings while students at Waggener High School. You made a difference in many lives!
Once you left and became mayor, my dad would run into you at the Frisch's on Shelbyville Road quite frequently and you always made a point to ask about not one or two of us, but all four of us each and every time. You will be missed. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Debbie Rollins Class of 1983
Debbie Rollins
December 16, 2015
Sincere condolences to the family. Mr Draut was the best principal that Waggener High School could have had. He had a knack for making you feel as if you didn't get in trouble on purpose. He always had a welcoming smile for everyone. He will be missed.
December 16, 2015
I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Draut and his family for decades. I have so many fond memories of our fun times at Cumberland Lake. My sincere condolences to Andy, Ken and Doug and the rest of his family. May it bring you comfort to know he was loved by so many people. Love, Jane Schork Meagher
Jane Meagher
December 16, 2015
Review of the various comments clearly shows what a positive impact Mr. Draut had on everyone he came in touch with. I graduated from Waggener in 1971 and can honestly say throughout my four years there was never a time or incident where he wasn't there for the benefit of the students. There are few people in this world like this, and we were blessed to have him.

My condolences to his family and loved ones. Though he will be sorely missed, you're lucky he is truly a part of each and every one of you. Cherish the love and the good times you had, and enjoy sharing your memories of this great man with the younger members of your family. His legacy will be the influence he has had, and will continue to have on others.

God Bless!
Donna Kay Wright
December 16, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to the family of a good man who led a full rich life. May peace be with you and yours.
Elke Speevack
December 16, 2015
So nice to see how many people remember California Grapefruit. He knew his teachers and students so well. I remember his quiet authority which never required a raised voice to make his point. He had a great sense of the neighborhood, the families, and the activities which contributed much to the school. Knew how to support different parts of Waggener with what they needed, both groups and individuals. All done with humor: I still remember his PA announcement inviting teachers to stop by the office that day to see the new growth (Mr. Baxter had started wearing a toupee).
Perry Metz
December 16, 2015
This is very sad news to me. My father was George Morrison who was the Principal at Eastern High School the whole time Mr. Draut was at Waggener. They were good friends and I heard his named mentioned many time.They were also the same age and knew each other while Mr. Draut was at Eastern. God Bless the Draut family
Gary Morrison
December 16, 2015
Mr Draut understood us (class of 67) as our principal. He was an energizer bunny always on the move. We were fortunate to have him for our administer as the parents, teachers and students all respected him and loved him. He will be missed by many.
Gary Hildebrand
December 16, 2015
I knew Art Draut from when I attended Waggener. I then worked with him when he was on the Kentucky Derby Festival Board of Directors. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Judy Weightman
December 16, 2015
Mr. Draut was a prince of a man and will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him. Thanks for your dedication to your students and community.
Susan Fawcett Barati, Class of 63
December 16, 2015
I certainly remember him as a fair principal at Waggener and the school was better for him being there.
Jim Halbleib
December 16, 2015
Andy, Kenny and Doug, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Dad. I have so many fond and funny memories of times spent with your family. Best of all were our trips to Cumberland Lake. Your Dad made us laugh so hard; he had such a great sense of humor. In December of 1973, my husband, Cam, and I had your parents and mine for dinner. We lived in a tiny apartment and I was a novice cook, but they graciously accepted our invitation. I have only a fuzzy recall of that evening so many years ago, but I do know your Mom brought me a beautiful Christmas ornament. Every year as I place it on our Christmas tree, I think of your dear family and the joy of that friendship. My love to all of you.
Linda Schork Zachry
December 16, 2015
Mr. Draut was an excellent principal and example for his students. He was involved at Waggener and in his community, where he was a great leader. I respected him for his fairness, and thought the world of him for his kindness and warm smile. What a wonderful man. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Cathy Hancock
December 16, 2015
Mr. Draut was my seventh grade core teacher at Waggener -- a great teacher and very cool guy. I enjoyed visiting with him many years later at St. Matthews City Hall while he was Mayor. Terrific sense of humor.
Helen (Aisha) DePrima
December 16, 2015
There are many people making better decisions today because of the leadership of Mr Draut. Thanks for sharing your wisdom to all the lives you touched.
Ken Roederer Class of 67
December 16, 2015
The life of service, from a great man who instilled ethics, morals & the highest ideals in his students. I was honored to know him - 2nd highest no. of National Merit semi-finalists in the country were in our Class of '72 & speaks volumes of Mr. Draut's leadership. Blessings to Andy, Ken & Doug and their families.
Steve Klein
December 16, 2015
What an example of how one should live their life; steward of humanity, leader when called and loved by many. He was my principal, neighbor and friend. Never have and never will forget him.
Ted DeFosset
December 16, 2015
Mr. Draut encouraged me to follow my dreams no matter what obstacle might arise. He was always fair and had a vested interest in each student at Waggener. I can remember being amazed that he knew the names of each student he passed in the hallway. He was an incredible role model.

Terri Purvis Bowles - Class of '83
Terri Bowles
December 16, 2015
Andy, I am so, so sorry to read that your father had passed away. He was without a doubt the kindest man I have ever had the honor of knowing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. If I could have seen him just one last time.
Martha Masters
December 15, 2015
Mr. Draut was an exemplary educator, gentleman and friend. Mr Draft had his hands full with some of us 50 or so years ago. We are better people for knowing him. Rest in Peace - Class of 62
Stan Tucker
December 15, 2015
California grapefruit, Arizona cactus. We play XX just for practice! Three cheers for a man of compassion, integrity and good humor who left a great mark on minds and hearts.
Susan Rosenberg
December 15, 2015
I attended Waggener High in the early 80s. Mr. Draut was a great man. A tremendous example of how one dedicated person can really make a difference in the lives of thousands of students over decades of service, and, leave a great legacy in his community. Those of us who attended Waggener and live and work in St. Matthews are better off because of this man. I am a grateful beneficiary of his life and service.
Rev. Eric Bryant
December 15, 2015
Thank you Mr Draut for helping me realize my potential and be successful in life. I owe you an eternal debt of gratitude. To his family I send my condolences and respect. Thank you for sharing this great man with the community! Fair winds and following sea shipmate!
Terry Keeling
December 15, 2015
Mr Draut was a wonderful principal , deeply respected and respectful. I loved his sense of humour and he was a neighbour! How wonderful he lived a long and productive life and gave so much to his community!!!! Thank you Mr Draut!
Connor Kelly
December 15, 2015
Mr. Draut was always a great principal and a good listener and a good neighbor. He will be missed.
Laura Davis
December 15, 2015
Mr. Draut was a role model for all his students and staff. May God comfort his family. Memory Eternal!
Joni (Naiser) Soroka, Class of '82
December 15, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Draut was Principal when I attend Waggener. He was always kind and truly cared about the students there. He will be missed in the community.
Maria Lavely
December 15, 2015
RIP, he was a great principal
Mitzi Glenn
December 15, 2015
Mr. Draut was such a wonderful steward of his students. His sense of humor, his fairness, his honesty, his sincere concern for others...and so many more wonderful traits made him a gift to those of us fortunate enough to attend Waggener High School. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us. (Class of '69)
Lindy Whitehouse Williams
December 15, 2015
Loved him and all he stood for! Such an eloquent person! So glad to have him as an example of a well rounded individual!
Adrienne (Carey) Wright 1976
December 15, 2015
Fair winds and following seas, Mr. Draut. May the leadership, guidance and the many memories you've left behind give comfort to your family and everyone you've touched.
Jeff Swanson
December 15, 2015
Mr. Draut, You will be remembered by me as a gentleman. I feel honored that I was a student under your leadership. Even more honored that for a couple of yrs I was your nurse. RIP my friend
Carla Heideman
December 15, 2015
The Class of 76 will never forget you. Prayers for the family and thank you for your service Mr. Draut in so many ways.
Sarah Mansfield
December 15, 2015
What a wonderful and respected role model Mr. Draut was to all his students. My sympathy to his family and friends. Laura Kelleher, class of 82
Laura Kelleher
December 15, 2015
My sincerest condolences to the family. I had the great good fortune to have been a student at Waggener for 3 years while Mr. Draut was Vice Principal. A few years later I was lucky enough to work with him on a professional level as a student teacher there. The world is a better place because he was here.
December 15, 2015
For the family of Mr Draut. When times get dark. Remember there is always a candle light to see. Prayers and kindness for all. Susan Huffman Sparkman. Class 77
Susan Huffman- Sparkman
December 15, 2015
Thinking of you Lynda Draut. Amy Fitzner Davis
December 15, 2015
Rest in peace Mr Draut, you were a good role model to your students at Waggener, compassion and fairness.
Mary Shuttleworth-Wright
December 15, 2015
I graduated in 1974 from Waggener High School. Mr. Draut was a great principle, he was fair and was always interested in us as students. He will be missed.

Chuck Klumb
December 15, 2015
Our condolences to the family.
He was admired by all that had him as principal at WHS.
California grapefruit Arizona cactus....
Al and Denise Williams / Class of 70
December 15, 2015
Mr Draut was principal thru all my years at Waggener (class of 75). He was a kind and fair man and I respected him immensely. My prayers are with his family.
Beverly Eaton Smith
December 15, 2015
Mr. Draut was principal thru all my years at Waggener (class of 75). He was a kind and fair man and I respected him immensely. My prayers are with his family.
Beverly Eaton Smith
December 15, 2015
Mr. Draut - I could never call him Art - was truly a blessing to those of us who were honored to have him serve as our Principle. He stood up for me once, and made me very proud of myself !! I think i speak for every one of your students who'd all say "We loved you very much." RIP My sincere condolences to all family and friends.
Robert "Bobby" McMillan
December 15, 2015
What a wonderful man. My thoughts go out to his children ,especially Andy.
Sally Stevens Martinez
December 15, 2015
Mr. Draut was principal when I was at Waggener. My memories of him are all great. He was a fair and honest man who really cared about the students and faculty there. I loved when he did his cheer at the pep rallies! My prayers are with your family. He lived a life that touched many people in positive ways in the community.
marilyn cleveland
December 15, 2015
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