Wilbur Bernard Drewitz

July 27, 1925September 20, 2013
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Wilbur B. Drewitz July 27, 1925 - September 20, 2013

Wilbur Bernard Drewitz went to be with the Lord on September 20, 2013. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on July 27, 1925 to Ernest and Ernestine (Siewert) Drewitz and lived in Gleason, WI until he joined the Navy in 1943. He served on board the USS Washington during World War II as a Seaman First Class. The Washington was actively engaged in 15 major combat missions of which Wilbur was a participant in 9 throughout the Pacific are, including Guam, Saipan, and Tinian in the Marianas, Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and others in between.

Wilbur (Wibs) was a letter carrier for the Redlands, California Port Office and enjoyed bowling on the Pure Gold team with other letter carriers.

Fishing for trout was one of his enjoyments. Wibs and Donna trolled for the wary fish and caught many limits. They also had good times traveling in their RV's, playing golf in many states and also Canada as well as sightseeing in all 50 states.

Wilbur leaves his wife Donna of 67 years, 7 children: Carol (Tim) Rochford, Sandra (Steve) Owens, Ronald Drewitz (Terri), Ralph Drewitz, Judith (Dennis) Sechrist, Sherry Jones and Larry Drewitz; 22 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and 3 sisters: Ruth Grohman, Elaine (Charles) Rahlf and Marilyn (Jim) Zyskowski. His parents and brother Howard preceded him in death.

Pallbearers are grandsons Stephen Owens, Todd Rochford, Brandon Drewitz, Christopher Sechrist, Adam Polly and Tyler Drewitz. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons Scott Owens, David Sechrist, Chad Owens, Bradley Drewitz, Aaron Polly, Timothy Drewitz and Daniel Drewitz.

The viewing will take place at Weaver Mortuary & Crematory located at 1177 Beaumont Ave. in Beaumont, CA on Tuesday, September 24 from 4-8 pm.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, September 25 at 11:30 am located at the Bryant Street Baptist Church on 13456 Bryant Street in Yucaipa, CA.

A military graveside service will take place at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, September 30 at 12:15 pm.


  • Viewing Tuesday, September 24, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 25, 2013
  • Graveside Service Monday, September 30, 2013

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Lloyd Reece

October 5, 2013

Our walk down memory lane with Wibs and Donna and their family goes through the years of the '60's. We will miss his witty and precise conversations and stories. We are thankful for the precious wife and family he gave to us.

Rena MacDonell

September 29, 2013

Uncle Wibs is now in glory and I know I will see him again one day. But oh how I will miss his booming voice and deep laughter.

Dale & Carol DeBuhr

September 28, 2013

Carol and I wish to thank you for the walk down memory lane with all those wonderful pictures! I have such wonderful memories of my early childhood days "up on the farm". What fun it was to visit during the summers! Uncle Wibs was a great teaser and kidder. Looking forward to reuniting with him and a host of others in Heaven some day soon! Love, Dale & Carol DeBuhr

September 28, 2013

We only knew Wilbur for a short period of time, when we met him and his beautiful wife on a cruise to Ensenada in 1989. We both adored them the moment we met them, and have kept in contact over the many years. It's such a shame he became so ill, but my main worries now are about Donna. I do know her family is near and will take good care of her, while our dear Wilbur looks down upon her and the family.

God bless each and every one of you.

Sue and Cris Kroneberger
Livermore, CA

Richard & Mary Wells

September 28, 2013

Although we can't be with you while you remember your loved one, you're in our thoughts from afar.

Eileen Smith

September 28, 2013

I keep thinking about Uncle Wibs and how he loved to have his face tickled. I wish I could of seen him before he left this earth just to tickle his face. My thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Donna. Love you Eileen

Mary Lembke

September 28, 2013

Loved my uncle, Wibs! Thankful that he and Donna came and took care of my mom after the accident. I would look forward to seeing him every time we could get the look forward to see him in the big Reunion!

Mary Lembke

September 28, 2013

Loved my uncle, Wibs! Thankful that he and Donna came and took care of my mom after the accident. I would look forward to seeing him every time we could get the look forward to see him in the big Reunion!

Tanya Drewitz

September 28, 2013

I'm sorry I couldn't be there with you all but I'm sending warm thoughts and prayers. He holds a place in all of our hearts and will be greatly missed. At least we all know he is in a better place now that he is with The Lord :) Ps, I miss and love you grandma! Love, Tanya

September 24, 2013

Thoughts , Prayers and wonderful memories through the years between our families. We miss all of you. Will be there in spirit for the memorial, and also the burial. Each and everyone take care, and Gods blessings for each of you as you travel. Miss Donna, Carol,Sandy ,Judy,Sherry,Ron,Ralph, Larry. I Love you all. Linda Gallagher