RICHARD JAMES DREW
October 13, 1944—November 24, 2018
SPARTA - Richard James Drew, 74, of Sparta, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018 in his home after a battle with cancer. He was able to spend his last days surrounded by family and friends.
He was born October 13, 1944 to Donald Drew and Marie (Ruegg) Drew in Lancaster, WI. He attended high school in Sparta, WI. After high school, he joined the US Navy in 1962 and served time in Vietnam. He was active duty in the Navy until 1966. In 1967, he joined the Army National Guard until 1987. He then joined the Navy Reserve until 1993 when he retired from his Military Career.
In 1972, he married Leona (Short) Drew and they spent 47 years together.
Richard loved playing country music, horseshoes, fishing, and traveling. His passion was driving bus for the Sparta School District and he drove until he was unable to in November. Over 20 years of driving bus, he formed many bonds with the children he drove for.
He is survived by his mother, Marie Rice; brother, Donald Drew; sisters, Rose (Steve) Einer, Dawn (Larson) Johnson, and Sandra (Joe) Christenson; aunt, Delores Lyons; wife, Leona Drew; children, Patricia (Kris) Kuhnke, Douglas Drew, Pauline Drew, Richard Drew, Daniel Drew and Sarah Gabel; sibling cousins, Tim Lyons and Bonny Lyon; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life with Military Honors will be held at the Eagles Club in Sparta, WI, on December 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm.