Thomas L. Drew
From The Post & Mail August 3,
Thomas L. Drew, 84,
formerly of Columbia City, died at 8:44 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2019 at
Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester where he had been a
resident for the past three and a half years.
He was born July 13, 1935 in Decatur,
IN, the son of the late Thurman and Mary (Bauman) Drew. His formative
years were spent in the Decatur area where he graduated in 1953 from
Monmouth High School in Adams County. Tom furthered his education at Ball
State University, Muncie, earning his BS and Masters in Education.
On June 29, 1957, he was united in marriage to Marilyn V. Jaberg.
The couple always made their home in Columbia City.
In 1958, Tom started teaching drafting, wood working, and
industrial arts at Columbia City Joint High School. In 1964, he
transferred to South Whitley High School where he taught for 3 years, then
returned to Columbia City Joint High School where he became an
administrative assistant. He retired in 1990. Additionally, Tom was an
insurance agent for Columbus Life from 1957 to 2013.
A past president of the Old Settlers Day Association, Tom was also
a member of Columbia City Masonic Blue Lodge 189, Mizpah Shrine, Columbia
City United Methodist Church and Rotary International. He served on the
Whitley County Hospital Board and was an over 25-gallon blood donor to the
American Red Cross Bloodmobile. He volunteered countless hours helping
organize local bloodmobiles.
Tom built his family home and loved woodworking and lawn work. He
was most passionate about time spent with family, delighting in taking his
grandchildren to Disney World.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn; 2 sons, Brent
(Tami) Drew, and Scott (Elaine) Drew both of Columbia City; a daughter,
Cynthia (Dan) Frye of Logansport; Grandchildren Gia, Dane, Leah and Molly
Drew all of Columbia City, Katie Clements of Denver, CO, Dustin Clements
of Nashville, TN, and Clayton (KyLeigh) Frye and Krista Frye of
Logansport; Great-Grandsons, Coban and Kade Parker of Columbia City; 2
sisters, Marjorie Gilliom of Colorado Springs, CO and Jane Heller of
Weslaco, Texas; and a brother, Robert E. (Bertha) Drew, Zeeland, MI.
The funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral
Home, Columbia City. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the
Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Association or Columbia
City United Methodist Church Building Fund.
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