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 Gene Osmon Drury

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Gene Osmon Drury

Birth
Plainville, Daviess County, Indiana, USA
Death
8 May 2022 (aged 102)
Lake Havasu City, Mohave County, Arizona, USA
Burial
Lake Havasu City, Mohave County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID
24105174 View Source

Contributor: mhenderson (47179696) • [email protected] donated the following information.

Published by Today's News Herald from May 18 to May 19, 2022 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Gene Osmon Drury, 102, of Lake Havasu City, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2022 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born Sept.23, 1919 in Plainville, Indiana, the son of Ralph and Bonnie Drury. He was preceded in death by first wife Lydia Reid, January 1997 of 54 years, his elder brother Ralph Drury in April 2020, also at the age of 102, and his younger brother Charles Calloway in 2009.

He is survived by his two paternal daughters Elizabeth "Gerri" Hartwell and Barbara Pecor. Five grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Robert and Sandra Cathey (Madison and Mackenzie), Angie Suttles (Donnie, Breanna, and Dylan), Kelly Blankenship, Justin Blankenship, and Lydia and CJ Truell (Cory III) and seven great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his lovely second wife of 20 years Nelda Sollars and her daughters Anna Marie Sollars (Christian and Jaze), Sharon Sollars (Alexis and Juan), and Carol and Jerry Nowakowski (Justen and K'Lee).

Gene graduated from Ranken Technical College in 1940, following graduation, he worked at Curtis Wright Aircraft until 1942 until he was drafted into the U.S. Navy during WWII and served as a machinist first class, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After the war, he returned to Curtis Wright and married Lydia, and they settled in St. Louis, Missouri raising their daughters, Elizabeth "Gerri" and Barbara. In 1948, he was employed at McDonnel Douglas for 29 years until his retirement in 1977. Also, he was a loyal member and Grand Master of the Masonic Palestine Lodge #241.

During his retirement, Gene and Lydia settled in Lake Havasu City, and he continued his passion of working with his hands and mind, beginning his journey of making violins, 212 in total. He enjoyed donating the instruments to various musicians and local area orchestras, most prominently the String Ambassadors of the Yuma Strings Orchestra. His other passions included visiting with his family, traveling, and attending his beloved St. Michael's United Methodist Church which he was a key member for over forty years.

Services were entrusted to the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home. Thoughts and condolences can be sent to the family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com.

Contributor: mhenderson (47179696) • [email protected] donated the following information.

Published by Today's News Herald from May 18 to May 19, 2022 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Gene Osmon Drury, 102, of Lake Havasu City, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2022 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born Sept.23, 1919 in Plainville, Indiana, the son of Ralph and Bonnie Drury. He was preceded in death by first wife Lydia Reid, January 1997 of 54 years, his elder brother Ralph Drury in April 2020, also at the age of 102, and his younger brother Charles Calloway in 2009.

He is survived by his two paternal daughters Elizabeth "Gerri" Hartwell and Barbara Pecor. Five grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Robert and Sandra Cathey (Madison and Mackenzie), Angie Suttles (Donnie, Breanna, and Dylan), Kelly Blankenship, Justin Blankenship, and Lydia and CJ Truell (Cory III) and seven great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his lovely second wife of 20 years Nelda Sollars and her daughters Anna Marie Sollars (Christian and Jaze), Sharon Sollars (Alexis and Juan), and Carol and Jerry Nowakowski (Justen and K'Lee).

Gene graduated from Ranken Technical College in 1940, following graduation, he worked at Curtis Wright Aircraft until 1942 until he was drafted into the U.S. Navy during WWII and served as a machinist first class, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After the war, he returned to Curtis Wright and married Lydia, and they settled in St. Louis, Missouri raising their daughters, Elizabeth "Gerri" and Barbara. In 1948, he was employed at McDonnel Douglas for 29 years until his retirement in 1977. Also, he was a loyal member and Grand Master of the Masonic Palestine Lodge #241.

During his retirement, Gene and Lydia settled in Lake Havasu City, and he continued his passion of working with his hands and mind, beginning his journey of making violins, 212 in total. He enjoyed donating the instruments to various musicians and local area orchestras, most prominently the String Ambassadors of the Yuma Strings Orchestra. His other passions included visiting with his family, traveling, and attending his beloved St. Michael's United Methodist Church which he was a key member for over forty years.

Services were entrusted to the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home. Thoughts and condolences can be sent to the family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com.


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  • Created by: Susan Zmrzel
  • Added: 22 Jan 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 24105174
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/24105174/gene-osmon-drury: accessed ), memorial page for Gene Osmon Drury (23 Sep 1919–8 May 2022), Find a Grave Memorial ID 24105174, citing Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens, Lake Havasu City, Mohave County, Arizona, USA; Maintained by Susan Zmrzel (contributor 10098406).