AKRON – Richard “Dick” Owen Drudge, 93, formerly of Akron and Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, for 21 months, died at 3:10 a.m. June 25, 2014, at Peabody Retirement Home.
He was born Nov. 20, 1920, in Richland Township, Fulton County, to Clarence and Chloe Jones Drudge. On July 27, 1941, in Akron, he married Mary Jane Lantz, his wife of 35 years, who died in 1976. On Aug. 18, 1979, in Warsaw, he married Mary Louise Lukens, his wife of almost 30 years, who died in 2009.
He graduated in 1939 from Akron High School and lived most of his life in the Akron area.
He served in the US Army from 1944 to 1946, in Europe, during World War II in the 393rd Engineer Construction Battalion. He earned the following decorations: Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Ribbon.
He became a Standard Oil agent after working under Walt Harris for 20 years. He was a driver and made deliveries. He also worked several years for Whit Gast on his farm.
He was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church and the American Legion, Rochester. He served on the Akron Town Council for one term, which was four years. He was on the Akron Exchange State Bank bowling team for 15 years and enjoyed playing cards with his friends in a euchre club. Along with the late Gil Jenkins, he helped rebuild the Akron Little League diamond and added dugouts and a nice infield, where he also was a coach. He was a handyman with tools and enjoyed making furniture and wood items. His favorite hobby was horseshoe pitching and watching his favorite baseball team, the Cubs, on TV.
Surviving are a daughter, Diane (and friend Jack Captain) Stephens, Arkansas; two sons, Dennis (and spouse Cheryl) Drudge, Rochester, and Charles (and spouse Darlene) Drudge, Akron; three stepchildren: Patricia (and spouse Richard) Goshert, Warsaw; Bud Zolman, Mishawaka; and Peggy (and spouse Bill) Gilger, Woodstock, Ill.; 32 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents; six sisters; three brothers; a granddaughter, Amanda Drudge, who died in 1997; and a stepdaughter, Diane Zolman, who died in 2012.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor David Eaton of Akron United Methodist Church officiating. Burial is in Akron Cemetery with graveside military rites by the US Army and the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard.
Calling is from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials to Akron United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6, Akron, IN 46910.
Condolences may be sent via earllovefuneralhome.com