|Birth: ||Mar. 30, 1920|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 2011|
THE BURNET BULLETIN
MARCH 9, 2011
Oscar "Ted" Drews
Oscar "Ted" Drews, born March 30, 1920 in Akron, Colo. to Oscar and Elsie (Shirley) Drews, died Thursday, March 3 in Bertram.
He lived his early life in Denver, Colo. and as a teenager. During the depression her started what he called "riding the rails" as a hobo.
He married at the age of 20 and at the age of 25 became a union carpenter. He worked as a journeyman carpenter for over 45 years including his time in the Navy Seabees and worked in many counties overseas. After retiring, he kept busy working as a security officer. Ted built a motor home from a school bus and traveled all over the United States with his last wife until in 2005 when she was no longer able to travel. To help support their travels, he collected cans and worked as a maintenance man. Since his wife's death in 2007, he quit driving and worked on being healthy.
This included walking daily and riding his three wheel bicycle. He lived by himself in Fresno, Calif. near his step-daughter until November 2010 when he moved to Bertram to be with his biological daughters and live as a farmer. Ted died suddenly while out taking care of his "cluckers" and gathering the "cackleberries" as he called his chickens and the eggs.
Ted is survived by his children, Penny Cornelius and husband Robert of Bertram, Pamela Gutierez of Liberty Hill, and Patrick Theodore Drews of Merced, California. Also surviving are his stepchildren Tom Trotter and wife Laurie of Peoria, Ill., Patricia Gibbs and husband Ronald of Fresno, California, and Bob Cornelius of Bertram. Ted is also survived by his brother James Thomas of Atwater, Calif., his sisters Wanda Hall of Harold, California and Elsie Bruce of Redondo Beach, California; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild as well as extended family. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Tod, in 1948 and sister Nadine Schlesinger in the 1990s.
In accordance with Ted's wishes, he will be cremated. A private family gathering will take place at later time. Please contribute to the charity or organization of your choosing. Condolences may be offered by visiting www.clementswilcoxburnet.com
Arrangements and cremation were entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet.
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Created by: Sue Lilley
Record added: Mar 15, 2011
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