Richard Edward Drane Jr.

August 30, 1958September 8, 2018

Richard Edward Drane was born on August 30, 1958 and passed away on September 8, 2018.


Richard Edward Drane Jr.

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Carol Kyle

September 24, 2018

I worked with Rick for nearly 11 years. I considered him not just a coworker but a friend. He was our "go to" guy for so many things-- so smart, so hard working, and always ready to help, no matter what it was. He would roll up his sleeves and go above and beyond at work. He was so down to earth and just one of the nicest guys you could know. And what a good sense of humor, too! Really a special guy that will be missed by so many. I send my sympathy and love to his family. We all love him and miss him.

Mike Pilgrim

September 19, 2018

I have had the pleasure of working with and being a friend of Rick since 1995. He was a man who was always willing to listen and help others, no matter what. Rick helped and befriended everyone he met. He was proud of his service in the Marines and forgave those of us who served elsewhere.

When our son 'inherited' a pool table from one of his friends who was moving to Houston, we asked Rick if he had a trailer. He and several of our friends came with a trailer and we moved it to our house. Rick coordinated and managed the move as if it were just something fun to do on a Saturday. His willingness to give of his time regardless of whether he had other things he should be doing instead was one of his most endearing traits.

He was my daily sounding board for 23 years. We were in countless meetings and involved in many projects along the way. Rick made them fun and always had interesting comments and shared many anecdotes to illustrate his points. He was relentless when trying to run down the solution to a problem, always documenting methods so they were repeatable and easier for the next guy.

Rick was a cherished colleague and friend. Rest easy soldier, you are with God now and finally stand at ease.

Dean Pournaras

September 19, 2018

Favorite memory of Rick was breaking away with him at Love and War for a game of Washers. Rarely do you come across a person who is as dedicated, caring and helpful. Will miss Rick.

Danielle Simpson

September 18, 2018

I worked with Rick for 18 years at Wattstopper. He was one of the most amazing people I have ever had the privilege to know. Kind heart, sweet soul and always made you smile. Hard working, dedicated and passion for his work ...truly a beautiful man. I am sad that you are gone. I will miss you. God bless you and your family. Rest easy my sweet friend ❤ I love you.

Bob Simpson

September 18, 2018

For the short time I got to spend with Rick, I am greatful for. Not being able to hear his wisdom again, I'll miss that. I had so much to ask him. There's no doubt he impacted many, but his impact on me will last my entire life. I just wanted everyone to know that. The last thing he told me was to take care of Dani for him. Yes sir, will do. Rest in peace Mr. Richard Drane...and thank you.

Marc Papazian

September 14, 2018

Very lucky to have known and worked with Rick for almost 10 years. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help myself and anyone who needed it, whenever they needed it.

He was kind, funny and caring- and everyone who had the pleasure of working with him couldn’t help but feel the same way. To his family- my deepest condolences. He was truly a legend and friend to so many of us. God bless you and thank you Rick.

Larry Zimmermann

September 14, 2018

I am proud to say that I have known this “gentle giant teddy bear” since I started working for WattStopper as their representative in 1993.

He was my go to guy when I didn’t know the answer. He’d even call me back well into the evening with the answer if he needed to. Always had the highest respect for him.

Rest In Peace big “Dude”

Krystal Wurm

September 14, 2018

I am Rick's daughter-in-law and I am thankful daily for that. I remember when I met Jack and he took me over to his house for the first time, and I met Rick. I remember thinking, and already knowing that his family was my family. They took me in, sheltered me and loved me as their own. Rick was a gentle giant that loved to love and be loved.

I have to say this has hit me hard because of how dedicated he was to his relationship with his son and with our family. I lost my father at a young age and I considered Rick to be the closet person to fit that bill, and he did. He was ALWAYS there and I will miss that. This left a void in our hearts but so many beautiful memories of him.

The day of our wedding, being so last minute, we forgot a photographer! Rick stepped in, as always being the man with many hats. :) While looking through the pictures later, I cried. They were BEAUTIFUL! He captured every single moment the way I would have. Now I will treasure that day even more.

I remember little man asking you if you will be 9 feet tall when you're 90, because he thought the older we are the taller we are. He adores you and really saw you as a superhero.

I'll remember watching you and my husband embrace and tell each other how much you love one another. That was my favorite. :) He's so luck to have had you as his father.

Rick, I already miss you. Every single day. I wish I cold have one more bear hug here on Earth, but I will have to wait until we meet again.

We love you dearly,

Krystal, Jack, Emma and Little man.

Don Munroe

September 14, 2018

Rick was a dedicated and hard working individual. He helped all and any that were in need. In our early years, as we learned the business together, he stood out in the crowd. He had a passion for solving field issues. If a solution was not immediately clear, Rick went into his "mad scientist" role and would recreate the the issue in his little make shift test lab working until he found the solution. And once he found that solution you might think that he had just hit the lottery! Smiles from ear to ear and you could hear the excitement in his voice. This is what drove Rick's passion for the business. Helping others was his mission for sure.

We worked together for 23 years and even with all those years under my belt, Rick was still my "go to guy" when I needed help. He was the "go to guy" for so many others as well. I will remember him as the big man with a heart of gold. He was my co-worker, my friend, and most of all, he was WattStopper family.

May you rest in piece old friend and may God bless you.


Kelly Brambila

September 13, 2018

I worked with Rick for 12 years at WattStopper. He was one of the most dedicated, hard work individuals I’ve ever met. He would help anyone that asked and investigate and troubleshoot shoot issues until he figured it out. Such an amazing person, it was an honor to know you Ricky god bless.