John Drapak, 89

John Drapak, 89, of Douglas died peacefully Feb. 3, 2015, at Holland Hospital with his family at his side. He was born April 20, 1925.
John and his wife Emily lived in Douglas for the last 57 years. John was born in Scobey, Mont., and later moved to Chicago, Ill.
His love of hunting and fishing led him to 35 years of hunting in both Wyoming and Colorado. He loved to fish at his cabin on the Pine River with his good friend John Petek.
John was a World War II veteran of both the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marines. He had his own business of repairing furnaces and boilers. He worked for Clinton Drug Store and retired at age 62 from Thermotron. After retirement he worked part time for Broward Marine.
John was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. William and Anatasia Drapak. He was also the 11th of 13 children. All but one brother, Joe Drapak, have passed.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years Emily. Also surviving are his three children, John (Vicky) Drapak of Douglas, Nancy (Barry) Harvey, of Fennville and Joanne Gilliam of Douglas. John had six grandchildren, Lance (Lisa) Gilliam, Lisa (Mike) Beckman, Laura (Mark) Gersonde, Matthew (Chelsa) Brandsen, Andrew (Katie) Brandsen and Bailey (Sean) Locke. He also had seven great-grandchildren, Tori, Brooke, Morgan, Natalie, Tyler, Jonathon and Michelle.
The world will be a poorer place without him. A memorial service will be later this spring.
Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home of Holland,


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