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Drasler, John

John W Drasler, born and raised in Waukegan Illinois was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He passed away on April 22nd after a courageous battle with cancer.  A friend to many he was preceded in death by his parents Gasper and Helen (Kirn) Drasler, brother Tom and sister-in-law Marie, brother Don and sister-in-law Susan in addition to William and Ann Thomas his inlaws.

As a life long resident of Waukegan John was proud to be a member of the  Waukegan South Side Club. He served two tours of duty in the Korean Conflict as an Army reconnaissance armored personnel operator.  He began his employment as a fledgling Architect at the firm of Extrand Shad and West, in Waukegan, working on many schools and municipal projects in the area.  He went on to be employed by Freedman and Associates in Chicago, Ottis and Associates in Northbrook and in retirement provided consultation for Ruck Pate Associates. 

For 9 years John served on the Waukegan Township Board of Education, was a long standing and valued member on the board of directors of the North Shore Trust and  Saving,  Mother of God Parish Board of Directors and a Proud member of the Knights of Columbus.  Most recently John was a Ranger and a Keep pace person at Pine Meadow golf course and avidly created beautiful stain glass designs.

Married for 64 years and survived by his beloved wife Pat (Thomas) who survives along with children Greg (Nancy Davidson) Drasler, Cindy Drasler, Cari (John) Vujovich, Connie (Dave) Walbran, beloved grandchildren Alexandra, Peter, Emily, Katelyn, Michael, Adison.

Visitation will be Friday April 25th, 2014 from 5-8 pm at the Gurnee Salata Funeral home, 4190 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL.  Visitation will also be on Saturday April 26th at Church of St. Patrick, 15000 W. Wadsworth Road., Wadsworth, IL from 8:30 to 9:30 am.  Mass will immediately follow at 9:30 am at Church of St. Patrick.  Burial will follow at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville, IL.


4 thoughts on “Drasler, John

  1. Although my neighbor and “Uncle” for all of my youth, his kindness and generosity endeared him to me for life. My sincere sympathy to the Drasler family. It’s hard to lose another good one from Fulton Ave. With love – Kim Trygar

  2. Dear Pat and family,
    Thinking of you at this difficult time, and wishing you peace and courage as you celebrate and remember the life of your beloved husband and father, John.

  3. Dear Pat, Greg, Cindy, Cari, and Connie and Family-
    I was so sad to hear of John’s death. I have SO MANY fond memories of being with the Drassler clan…at parties, at Indian Lake…
    John always had a warm hug for me.
    I send lots of love and hugs and prayers.
    Love you all-

  4. Dear Aunt Pat, Greg, Cindy, Cari, and Connie~
    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle John’s passing, I hope it gives you comfort in the fact that he is not suffering any longer. Now he will be playing golf again with my Dad! I hope the memories you have will help you get through these difficult times and days to follow. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


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