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Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Coral Ridge Cemetery

950 Chiquita Blvd. S, Cape Coral, FL

OBITUARY

Michael Eugene Drelich

May 13, 1948April 6, 2020
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Michael E. Drelich, 71, of Cape Coral, FL passed away on April 6, 2020.

He was born in Chicago, IL on May 13, 1948. The birth and death of this man is not nearly as revelant as all the days and nights that he lived to the fullest.

Enlisting in the Naval Reserve in September 1968 was the beginning of a long Navy career for Michael. He graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and became a construction electrician with IBEW local 134 until his retirement in 2010.

In 1983, opportunity knocked when all four Iowa class battleships were scheduled for reactivation and Chief Drelich was recalled to active duty. Many of his favorite memories came from serving on the USS Iowa which is now a museum in San Pedro, CA.

Released from active duty, Chief Drelich returned to the Naval Reserve serving until his retirement in 1995. Mike served as President of NERA’s Windy City chapter as well as editor of its Newsletter for which he was awarded national recognition. He was an active member of the CPO club. His Navy career fostered a love of seeing the world and traveling which he did until his passing. His most recent trip was in 2019 to Italy, Greece and Turkey with his wife.

His dream to live the good life in Florida came when he retired from IBEW and moved to Cape Coral in 2011. He loved boating, jet skis, fishing and recently took up golf. He was also a great dancer and his favorite music was Doo Wop.

Michael was hardworking, adventurous and fun loving. He was a loving, caring and loyal person who lived a full life and we are honored to celebrate the dash between the day he entered this world and the day he left it.

Left behind to carry on his memory are beloved wife Sandra, daughter Dawn (Dan), stepson Mark (Virginia) granddaughters Desiree and Madelyn, grandson Christopher, his favorite aunt Marlene Mandl, cousin Quandee (Paul), his beloved dog Kody and many close friends.

Memorial Services for Chief Drelich will be celebrated at 2:00pm on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, Cape Coral with American Legion Post 90 performing military honors.

Additional memorial services are being planned for a future date at Oher Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St, Des Plaines, IL 60016, with burial at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, IL.

  • FAMILY

  • Sandra, Wife
  • Dawn (Dan), Daughter
  • Mark (Virginia), Stepson
  • Desiree, Granddaughter
  • Madelyn, Granddaughter
  • Christopher, Grandson
  • Marlene, Aunt
  • Quandee (Paul), Cousin
  • Kody, Beloved Dog

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
10 July

Memorial Visitation

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery

950 Chiquita Blvd. South
Cape Coral, Florida 33991

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
10 July

Memorial Service with Honors

2:00 pm

Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery

950 Chiquita Blvd. South
Cape Coral, Florida 33991

Memories

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Marlene Mandl

July 9, 2020

Paging through all the tributes to you Mike, so many people loved you, I'm not surprised, I loved you too.

Auntie Marlene

Hal & Lois Krantz

July 7, 2020

We met Mike about 10 yrs. ago at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. We had seen him numerous times at the Cape Coral Moose Lodge over the years.
Then we moved to Cape Royal, and our friendship grew. Mike would stop by our house while he was taking Cody for his afternoon walks. Mike and Hal would always strike up a conversation, and Mike would be here longer than he intended. Mike was always ready to lend a helping hand, if there was some project we weren’t sure how to do. I (Lois), always thought of Mike as a gentle giant of a man. He was Always smiling. He is missed.
Hal & Lois

Phyllis Mills

July 6, 2020

Mike wasn't a resident of Cape Royal for a long length of time, but while he lived here he participated in community life by becoming a Block Captain, sharing communications with his neighbors, welcoming new residents, and taking up golf! He could often be seen working out in his yard which was always well-kept! R.I.P., Mike!

Hector and Donna Saitta

July 6, 2020

Mike was a wonderful friend and neighbor. We are so blessed to have known such a great person. Mike was always so eager to help anyone. He is truly missed.
God bless you Sandy and your family.

Hector & Donna

Noelle Mallet

July 6, 2020

So sad to have lost such an amazing person who was so congenial,always ready to meet new people, so fun and easy-going.You were a great asset in the Social Club , so welcoming that you were soon putting newcomers at ease.I will miss you for sure.
So sad for your wife Sandy ,too , and all your family members.
Rest in Peace!

Mike Compton

July 6, 2020

Mike was a IBEW134 co-worker and brother electrician. A freind whose memory of working along side many times built a friendship that lasts forever. His out going happy and fun personality spread as no one I have ever worked with. To Sandy and Mike's family prayers to you

Barbara Hollingsworth

July 5, 2020


Big Mike...always with a big happy smile. You left us too early Mike.
But we'll catch up with you one day and the good times will start to roll all over again.

Until then we will be on hand to keep Sandy in our prayers until the day she joins you. Oh what joy. Until then we will see you in our dreams.

Good friends, Klaus Fellechner and Barbara Hollingsworth

Blossom Walker

July 4, 2020

Mike,

You are a huge memory of my years in CHB7. Your smile, sense of humor and willingness to teach all of us to become better sailors. You made a huge impact on all our lives. Think of us once in awhile because we will be thinking of you.
God bless Sandy and family.

Blossom Walker
CPO Navy, Retired


Ken Leff

May 22, 2020

Mike was a good friend and USS Iowa shipmate. His cheerful manner at reunions always brightened the room. I will miss the times we would spend together for lunch at Fisherman's Village and was looking forward to many more. Fair Winds, Mike. The world is a little darker for the loss of a great family man and veteran.

Marty Palmiere

May 12, 2020

Fond memories of Mike from our days on USS IOWA BB-61, we were part of the Commissioning Crew down in Pascagoula, MS.

Many a good time with him in various foreign ports we visited and later at our ships reunions.

So very saddened to learn he lost his fight, he was so upbeat the last time we were together.

Fair Winds and Following Seas my Brother Shipmate, I will drink a toast to you and let Saint Peter know “standby to receive another sailor, a Shipmate has crossed the bar”

Marty Palmiere CPO(SW) USN(ret.) USS IOWA ‘83-‘89

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Little Mike, Jacquie & Gene's first child

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1950's
sister Vicki and Mike,Mom and Dad

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Aunt Marlene with Mike & sister Vicki

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Mom, sister Vicki and Mike

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Grandpa Frank, Dad, Vicki, Mike and Grandma Julia

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