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
My dear friend Jerry. I will miss your smile, your humour and your kind and gentle nature. I am so blessed that our paths were destined to cross and we became friends….I only wish I could have known you for longer. Be at peace now my friend and I will raise a glass to you at The Cabana. God Bless Jerry. Robin. Great Dunmow, United Kingdom.
Jerry, I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I feel like I know you through Deanna. I share with you both a love of the sea and sun. RIP and know that Deanna is surrounded by friends and family.
We were so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We offer our prayers and condolences to Deanna and the family. Semper Fidelis, Marine and Rest in Peace.
Jerry you are and will be missed. Loved your beautiful and kind smile each day when we met at the cabana. And by now you’ve probably been able to play several rounds of golf and even had a hole in one (or two). Didn’t get to know you long enough but the short times we had were wonderful and memorable. You and Dee made the days in Florida so enjoyable. Rest in peace, my dear friend. Fondly, your sunset friend. Judy Wagner, Denver, CO
Totally agree. Jerry will be missed at The Sandpiper in Florida!
What a beautiful smile he had….Peace and love to you Deanna.
Paul and I share Robin’s feelings and will join him in raising a glass at the Cabana. I so wish we could attend the service but we will be there in spirit. Maryjane