Donald Drayer


Share
Posted Online: Dec. 27, 2012, 5:41 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Donald H. Drayer, 92, of Louisville, Ky., formerly of East Moline, passed away on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2012, at his home.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Monday at Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road, Louisville. Burial with military honors will be at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at church.
In lieu of customary expressions of sympathy, the family has requested memorials to Hosparus, Helping Hands Companion Care, or Christ Church United Methodist Music Department. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village, Louisville.
He was the assistant plant manager for International Harvester and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1943 with a degree in geology. Donald served his country proudly in the United States Army under General Patton as commander of the Third Infantry Army Headquarters during World War II. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Croix de Guerre avec Etoile de Bronze medal along with several ribbons. Donald was an honorary member of the Marine Corps.
Memberships include, Silvis Masonic Lodge, cofounder of Amvets Group, East Moline, school board, East Moline, Christ Church United Methodist where he was a member of the Pathfinders Sunday School Class, and Downtown Kiwanis Club. He also was a Kentucky Colonel. Donald was an avid hunter, boater, fisherman.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 69 years, Janet Chapman Drayer; daughters, Nancy Drayer, Sterling, Ill., Diane Justice (Bryan), Friendsville, Tenn.; son, Steve Drayer, Houston, Texas; granddaughters, Laura Cruse Randa (Mark), Oconomowoc, Wis., and Ashley Marie Cruse, Long Beach, Calif.; great-grandson, Ethan Donald Randa. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Bernice Webb and Eunice Drayer.
Please visit us at www.archlheadywestport.com to leave a condolence for the family.













 




Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




(More History)