Jerry W. Drews, 78, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2018 at Saint Luke’s South Hospital following a brief illness. Jerry’s family was at his side.
Jerry was born on February 12, 1939 in Jackson, TN and graduated from North Side high school in Jackson. After high school he served in the Marines for 4 years. He trained at Paris Island and served in Japan and the Philippines and Camp Pendleton before completing his service. After his service with the Marines he attended and graduated from Memphis State University with a Bachelors degree in Engineering. He worked as a telecommunications engineer at GTE and Texas Instruments. He retired from Sprint in 2004 after being employed there 20 years as a Field Supervisor.
Jerry is preceded in death by his son Austin Wayne Drews. Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Deanna; his step children, Michelle Papa Hatton/Todd, Christopher Papa/Mindi, and Brian Papa; and two adoring grandchildren, Will Hatton and Libby Hatton. Jerry was a funny and loving man, he was an avid golfer, had a passion for the beach, loved to travel and scuba dive, and he loved his grand kids. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held Friday, January 12, 2018 from 3-6pm at St. Andrews Golf Course, 11099 W. 135th St, Overland Park, KS. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Shriners Hospitals for Children, www.shrinershospitals.org