OBITUARY

Frederick "Fred" William Drees

April 22, 1932December 14, 2020
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Frederick W. Drees age 88, of Russia passed away peacefully at 3:10 AM on Monday, December 14, 2020, at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy. Fred was born April 22, 1932, in Darke County to the late John & Hildreth (Daniel) Drees. In addition to his parents, Fred was also preceded in death by his wife, Eileen A. (Luthman) Drees on March 12, 2004, whom he married March 18, 1952; son, Jim Drees; daughter, Darlene Drees; grandson, AJ Francis; siblings, Norma & Tom Gaier, Bill & Lois Drees, Louis & Jan Drees and Ruth Drees; and in-laws, Mary Jane Sturwold, Herb Fleckenstein, Paul Richard, Kenny Luthman, Al Luthman, Bobby Luthman, Irene Luthman and Barney Barhorst. Fred is survived by his children, Diane & Jim Grilliot of Russia, Irene & Mike Murphy of Versailles, Gerry & Lynn Drees of Russia, Dan & Tammy Drees of Versailles, Mark & Cheryl Drees of Russia, Shirley & Allen Francis of Versailles and Mike & Carla Drees of Russia; 32 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; special friend, Miriam Cain; siblings, Ray & Carol Drees of Ft. Loramie and Vernon Drees of Ft. Loramie; and in-laws, Norma Barhorst, Rita Fleckenstein, Ruth Richard, Bill & Joyce Luthman, Nancy Luthman, Larry Luthman, Wilburt Luthman and Carol & Ray Homan. Fred served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1951-1955. He retired from BF Goodrich and was an avid farmer. He was a member of St. Remy Catholic Church. He was also instrumental in establishing the Catholic War Veterans Post 661 in Russia where he served as commander for several years. He was a member of the AmVets of Covington and the Eagles of Versailles. Fred enjoyed playing cards, doing metal work in his machine shop, gardening, and all the visits with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia with Rev. Fr. Martin Fox celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Remy Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Catholic War Veterans Post 661. The family will receive friends on Friday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Russia Fire Department or the Versailles Emergency Medical Services. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the family ask that all guest wear a face mask and maintain social distancing.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 18, 2020

  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 19, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, December 19, 2020

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Frederick "Fred" William Drees

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Kenny & Janet McEldowney

December 18, 2020

Our sympathy to the Drees family.
Lots of memories to recall from the early 60's. Fred and Kenny rode to work together to B. F. Goodrich. In later years we had fun with Fred and Miriam in FL back when Fred was a snowbird.
What a nice man. Glad we got to know him and enjoy his company.

Chris Haney {Schrubb}

December 18, 2020

Diane so sorry to hear about your dad. I lost my dad 9 yrs. ago and there is hardly a day I don't think of him with such fond memories. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Chris Haney

Richard Voisard

December 17, 2020

we are so sorry for your lose you will be in are prays

Barbara Kohl

December 16, 2020

My sympathy to the Drees family.
Barbara Kohl

Jane DeLoye

December 16, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the Drees family. Your dad was a true gentleman and Dale and I always enjoyed talking to him. We are keeping each of you in our thoughts and in our prayers.

Candy Stump

December 15, 2020

Condolences and prayers to all his family. Fred helped with men's breakfast at the nursing home and went on outing with us. The men loved it as much as he did. I remember him telling us how he loved to play cards and eat his bologna sandwiches. He told me how to make ship wreck stew and would bring me veggies from his garden. Remember all the good times you had with him, it was obvious that he loved his family. Thinking of you all. Fly high Fred.

Candy Stump

Patricia Boerger

December 15, 2020

Sorry to hear this. My father was bob frilling and his mother was Amelia luthman frilling. Born in ft loramie on the luthman road and farm. Wish we could come to the funeral and see your family but the virus is hurting that. Prayers for all your families and may he Rest In Peace in heaven

Megan Cain

December 15, 2020

Fred was such a sweet man and always had a story to tell. He will be greatly missed. Rest easy Fred, we love you ❤

Dottie Huggins

December 15, 2020

I always enjoyed talking to Fred at the Train Stop restaurant and after mass at Immaculate Conception church. Fred was a sweet person. May he Rest In Peace 🙏🏻

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