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6/27/2014 8:00:00 AM
Richard 'Dick' Owen Drudge
Nov. 20, 1920 - June 25, 2014

Richard "Dick" Owen Drudge, 93, North Manchester, formerly of Akron, passed away at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Peabody Retirement Home, North Manchester.

Born on Nov. 20, 1920, in Richland Township, he was the son of the late Clarence and Chloe (Jones) Drudge. On July 27, 1941, in Akron, he married Mary Jane Lantz. They celebrated 35 years of marriage. She died in 1976. He married Mary Louise Lukens on Aug. 18, 1979, in Warsaw. They were married almost 30 years. She preceded in 2009.

Richard was a 1939 graduate of Akron High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946 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.

Richard lived most of his life in the Akron area. He became a Standard Oil Agent after working under Walt Harris for 20 years. He was a driver and made deliveries. He also worked for several years for Whit Gast on his farm.

He was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church, Akron, and the American Legion, Rochester. He served a four-year term on the Akron Town Council.

Richard was on the Akron Exchange Sate Bank bowling team for 15 years. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends in a euchre club. Along with the late Gil Jenkins, Richard helped rebuild the Akron Little League Diamond, and added dugouts and a nice infield. He was also a coach. He was a handyman with tools and enjoyed making furniture and wood items. His favorite hobbies were horseshoe pitching and watching his favorite baseball team, the Cubs, on television.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane (friend Jack Captain) Stephens, Arkansas; two sons, Dennis (Sheryl) Drudge, Rochester, and Charles (Darlene) Drudge, Akron; three stepdaughters, Patricia (Richard) Goshert, Warsaw, Bud Zolman, Mishawaka, and Peggy (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 in 1997; and a stepdaughter, Diane Zolman, in 2012.

Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014, at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor David Eaton of the Akron United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the funeral home.

Burial is at Akron Cemetery with graveside military rites by the U.S. Army and The Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Akron United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6, Akron, IN 46910.

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