Owen L. (Punk) Drerup

June 04, 1938 - December 07, 2012

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Service: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel

Calling: Monday, December 10, 2012 - 2-8 p.m. in the funeral home. Masonic Lodge service at 7:30 p.m.

Owen Lee “Punk” Drerup, 74, of Kendallville died Friday, December 7, 2012, at 7:55 p.m. in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He graduated from Waterloo High School in 1956. He then attended Ball State University and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha while at Ball State.

He served for four years in the U.S. Air Force ROTC. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1961 to 1963.

In the summer of 1960, he began working in the family business at Reliable Tool & Machine Co., Inc. in Kendallville. He was still active in the business which is known today as Reliable Production Machining and Welding and served as Chairman of the Board.

He was a member of Kendallville Elks Lodge 1194, Kendallville Moose Lodge 1301, American Legion Post 86, Kendallville Masonic Lodge No. 276, Mizpah Shrine, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne, and Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Owen was recognized as a Kentucky Colonel by the state of Kentucky.

Punk enjoyed fishing, hunting, and operating heavy equipment. Mostly, he loved attending his grandchildren’s activities and being with his family.

He was born June 4, 1938, in Garrett to Woodrow Wilson and Iris Marie (Hontz) Drerup. On June 17, 1961, in Kendallville he married Isabelle Mae “Susie” Charles. She preceded him in death on August 24, 2000.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Charles O. “Chuck” and Christy Drerup of Kendallville; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah S. and Tom Walterhouse of Kendallville; five grandchildren, Luke Drerup, Bo Drerup, Olivia Drerup, Lydia Walterhouse, and Abby Walterhouse.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Rev. Dr. Dan Barker officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Honor guard services will be provided by Kendallville VFW Post 2749 and Rome City American Legion Post 381.

Honorary pallbearers will be Art and Sylvia Charles, Howard Seidel, Judy Evers, Bob and Marilyn Wiant, Tom and Joann Burke, Jerry and Marcella Boman, Eileen Parker, Lauren and Karen Hanes, Tim and Julie Pease, and Bess Miller.

Active pallbearers will be Chuck Drerup, Christy Drerup, Tom Walterhouse, Debbie Walterhouse, Luke Drerup, Bo Drerup, Olivia Drerup, Lydia Walterhouse, and Abby Walterhouse.

Calling is Monday, December 10, 2012, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. A Masonic Lodge service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to Kendallville Elks Lodge 1194, the East Noble Athletic Department, or to the Kendallville Masonic Lodge No. 276.

View a video tribute after Monday or send condolences to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

December 17th, 2012 4:43pm


Mitch Manahan
December 16th, 2012 9:35pm
West Bloomfield, MI

Chuck & Deb, Thinking of you in your time of sorrow. May God continue to guide you through this. In Christ, Mitch

Duane Lanier
December 15th, 2012 3:21am
Newton, Ks.

So long Owen. I will be joining you in the not too distant future. It was great to know you on earth, but we will have a lot more time in heaven. Duane Lanier

Susy Reynolds
December 13th, 2012 9:22pm

What a Beautiful Tribute!! This man was very special to every-one who knew him. He is now in Heaven with his beautiful wife Susie. You will be missed Punk........

Susy Curtis Reynolds
December 13th, 2012 9:21pm

Punk you will be missed......You were an awesome man! Now you are in Heaven with Susie, please tell her she is missed and give her a big hug and kiss from me...Love you both!

Dewane Pinkerton
December 12th, 2012 1:07am
Medford, Or

My older brother Don graduated in Owen's class. I have fond memories of him because I always looked up to him as the kind of person that I would want to be like and model myself after. I am sure his family will dearly miss him and offer my heart felt condolences to all of you. Sincerely, Dewane

Noel & Sue Smith
December 11th, 2012 11:59pm
Waterloo IN

You have our deepest sympathy at this time. Both Noel and I have fond memories of Punk as children growing up. We both pray all of his family has the peach of God now that he has been released from this earth's pain.

Denise Fischer
December 11th, 2012 6:55pm

To Chuck, Debbie and your families, I am so sorry to hear of of your Dad's passing. As you know he was a wonderful man and admired by many. May happier memories help to lessen your loss.

Jan Gurd
December 11th, 2012 5:01pm
Jenison, MI

To "Punk's family, I'm very sorry to learn of Owen's death. He was a classmate and a special friend. May God grant you comfort as you think of all the happy times which you shared. I know he will be greatly missed. With deepest sympathy. Jan Gurd

greg brown
December 11th, 2012 1:31pm

im very sorry for your loss debbie and family

Mark A. Stallman
December 11th, 2012 6:00am
82 Putnam St. San Francisco, C

Dear Chuck and Debbie, Arthur, Rhonda, Kelly and families and friends my deepest sympathy to you all. I will always remember Owen's smile and spirit. His keen interest in me and my brother and others of us growing up around the lake was special. He was a wonderful role model and one of the truest men I ever known. Love to you all at this time. Mark

Mark and Elainey Richardson
December 11th, 2012 3:44am
Englewood, FL

Chuck, Debbie and Families, Please know that we are thinking of you. Let time and wonderful memories help ease your sorrow. "Punk" will be missed by many! With deepest sympathy, Mark and Lainey

December 10th, 2012 11:25pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with your families at this most difficult time. Our deepest sympathy, George & Marilyn Klink

Linda & Jim Stanchfield
December 10th, 2012 10:33pm

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our thoughts.

December 10th, 2012 8:00pm


Nick and Annik Smith
December 10th, 2012 6:52pm
Moorestown, NJ

Dear Chuck, Christy, Tom and Debbie, We are saddened to hear of Owen's passing. "Punk" was a model for living a full life, with friends and family held dear. Sincerely, Nick and Annik

Don Howard
December 10th, 2012 9:38am

To one of the nices guys i know Owen Drerup my thoughts and prayers go out to Chuck and Debbie and there familys this is a sad day for all he will be missed.

Charlotte Scchlosser Miller
December 10th, 2012 2:42am

will always have fond memories of four great and fun filled years with you thru high school what a fun time in life RIP my good friend

Wendy Englehart
December 10th, 2012 2:13am
Fort Wayne, IN

Chuck, Christy and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. What a great life Owen lived! I am so sorry for your loss, but he will be remembered with love and admiration.

Scott Hutchins family
December 9th, 2012 6:40pm
Kendallville, IN

To Owens' (Punk)family: We are sorry to hear of your loss. With all "Punk" did, he lived a rich full life with his family, friends and community and will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Scott, Tracy and Jocelyn

Tony & Rochelle Priesgen (Triton Corpor
December 9th, 2012 4:42pm
Hartford Wi.

To Owen's family, We are so sorry for your loss. Chuck I remeber the trip to Texas with Owen and yourself. He was a great man and has left you and your family with many wonderful memories to reflect upon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Scott & Laurie Miller
December 9th, 2012 12:29am

To Owen's "Punk" family, We are very sorry for your loss. Your dad was a huge part of the community and will be missed be all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dee and Bill Rathge
December 8th, 2012 11:22pm

To Owen's (Punk) family, So sorry to hear about your loss. He will be missed by many people, he was a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.