Owen L. (Punk) Drerup
June 04, 1938 - December 07, 2012
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
AFTER THE SHOWING I WENT BY THE OLD HOUSE IN CORUNNA.GONE, TO MY SURPRISE.PUNK YOU HAD A STORYBOOK LIFE.WOODY,MARIE,PUNK,SUSIE,I LOVE YOU ALL.SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE.
Chuck & Deb, Thinking of you in your time of sorrow. May God continue to guide you through this. In Christ, Mitch
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
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........
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!
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
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.
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.
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
im very sorry for your loss debbie and family
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
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
Our thoughts and prayers are with your families at this most difficult time. Our deepest sympathy, George & Marilyn Klink
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our thoughts.
MAY OWEN REST IN PEACE ! MY CONDOLENCE TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.