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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

Jack Roby Draper

November 26, 1922July 7, 2020

Jack Roby Draper Nov. 26, 1922-July 7, 2020

On November 26, 1922 Jack R. Draper was born. A loving and loyal husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, Jack was deeply loved and a dear, dear man. He died in peace with strength after 97 years of outstanding life on July 7, 2020 in hospice care. He was the son of Cecil and Edith Draper of Caroll County, Indiana. In 1933 the family moved to East Lansing where Jack spent the rest of his entire life. His childhood residence stood on the banks of the Red Cedar River where the Kellogg Center functions today.

He married his high school sweetheart Jean Oviatt 75 years ago. He was a graduate of East Lansing High School in 1941 where he was active in athletics. From there he attended MSU and was a graduate of Albion College. An active sports booster, he became the President of Lansing's Downtown Coaches Club in 1954. In 1945 he began working at Vandervoort Sporting Goods, eventually becoming president and general manager. While at Vandervoorts, Jack introduced "Adidas" to the United States. The business had a fine orientation in selling athletic equipment to schools and colleges. Ad a devoted fan of MSU athletics he was a founding member of the Rebounders Club.

Jack was a member of Lansing Rotary Club from 1953 to this year, the longest span of any member. Rotary was his favorite event of the week. Jack enjoyed his membership and Rotary friends greatly.

His greatest joy was spending every summer "up north" at his lake cottage.

Jack lost his wife, Jean in February of this year. He really missed his "normal" life after Jean left.

Ever calm and caring, Jack will be lovingly missed by his children, Carolyn (John) Johnson of East Lansing and John (Linda) Draper of Monument, CO; grandchildren, Johnna (Hetrick) and Jenna (Michieli); great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Vera and new baby Jude.

There will be a private family service for both Jack and Jean on Friday, August 7 at 11 a.m.

View the video of the service https://www.facebook.com/163145830381110/videos/3500883896590532/

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary of Lansing Foundation, P. O. Box 13156, Lansing, MI, 48901, The Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823 or the Spartan Fund.

Arrangements have been handled by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes East Lansing.

Services

  • Private Family Service

    Friday, August 7, 2020

Memories

Jack Roby Draper

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michael miller

August 10, 2020

Dear Carolyn,
I was so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. He was such a kind and friendly person that always had a smile on his face.
He was extremely kind to me over the years. The thought crossed my mind that of course he was getting older, as are we all, but he always seemed young to me when I saw him. Having lost both my parents I can certainly feel the loss you must be experiencing. Please accept my heart felt sympathies. I know your Mom and Dad will be reunited in heaven!!
All the best to you and John.
Mike Miller

Carolyn Casterline Kearns

August 10, 2020

Dear Carolyn and John:

Sending heartfelt condolences on the loss of your parents to you and to your families. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Carolyn Casterline Kearns

Gorsline Runciman

August 8, 2020

The services for Jack and Jean are now available online for streaming. For the best viewing experience, please ensure that both the video volume and your computer or device volume are turned on and at a comfortable level.

https://www.facebook.com/163145830381110/videos/3500883896590532/

Gorsline Runciman

August 7, 2020

Recorded video of service at https://www.facebook.com/163145830381110/videos/3500883896590532/

William Galambos

August 7, 2020

My wife and I purchased Jack and Jeans Lake House at 8 Point Lake in 2009. We would like to get a hold of the family personally to express our condolences. We visited Jack and Jean both in East Lansing and at the Marquette. Always smiling and happy to see us, and to share memories. We kept them updates on their cottage and how we were grateful to them for keeping it so nicely for us. Jack and Jean always were cordial and treasures to chat with, and genuinely enjoyed visiting. We joked that this cottage is still in good SPARTAN hands... I am chairman of the 8 Point Lake Association, and would like to ask the family if they would allow me to purchase a memorial brick in our memorial garden at the 8 Point Clubhouse. If this is acceptable to the family, I would like to know the wording you would like. Thank you Bill & Gail Galambos 517-712-1146

Bruce Gruner

August 7, 2020

Whenever you thought of Jack it would bring out a smile!! Such a vibrant, happy, and fun person to be around. We will miss the Spartan conversations and his interest in how we were doing. Every year he would ask "Did you get your deer." Couldn't ask for a nicer person.

MaryEllen Carlin Searn

August 2, 2020

Dear Carolyn
please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your parents. No matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose our parents. Thinking of you at this sad time😢❤️

MaryEllen

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Biography

Jean Oviatt Draper, age 97, died on February 22, 2020. Her husband, Jack Roby Draper, age 97, died on July, 2020.
Jean was born to Clarence and Vera G. Oviatt on November 18, 1922 in Bay City, Michigan. She graduated from East Lansing High School and MSU, where she was a member of the Tower Guard and Mortar board honoraria and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
Jean worked in advertising at J.W. Knapp Co., as a representative at Michigan Bell Telephone and as an academic advisor in MSU’s University Division for 23 years.
She was a long-time member of The Peoples Church and the East Lansing Woman’s Club.
Jean married her high school sweetheart, Jack, on June 10, 1945.
Jack was born to Cecil and Edith Draper on November 26, 1922 in cutler, Indiana. His childhood residence stood on the banks of the Red Cedar River where The Kellogg Center functions today.
Jack was a graduate of East Lansing High School, where he was active in athletics. From there he attended MSU and was a graduate of Albion College.
An active sports booster, he became the President of Lansing’s Downtown Coaches Club in 1954. In 1945 he began working at Vandervoort Sporting Goods, eventually becoming president and general manager. While at Vandervoorts, Jack introduced “Adidas” to the United States. As a devoted fan of MSU athletics he was a founding member of Rebounders Club.
Jack was a member of Lansing Rotary Club from 1953 to this year, the longest span of any member.
His greatest joy was spending every summer “up north” at their lake cottage.
Jack lost his wife, Jean, in February of this year. He really missed his “normal” life after Jean left.

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