Thomas L. Drew, 84, formerly of Columbia City, died at 8:44 a.m. Friday, Aug.t 2, 2019 at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester where he had been a resident for the past 3 1/2 years.
He was born July 13, 1935, in Decatur, the son of the late Thurman and Mary (Bauman) Drew. His formative years were spent in the Decatur area where he graduated in 1953 from Monmouth High School in Adams County. Tom furthered his education at Ball State University, Muncie, earning his BS and Masters in Education.
On June 29, 1957, he was united in marriage to Marilyn V. Jaberg. The couple always made their home in Columbia City.
In 1958, Tom started teaching drafting, wood working, and industrial arts at Columbia City Joint High School. In 1964, he transferred to South Whitley High School where he taught for three years, then returned to Columbia City Joint High School where he became an administrative assistant. He retired in 1990. Additionally, Tom was an insurance agent for Columbus Life from 1957 to 2013.
A past president of the Old Settlers Day Association, Tom was also a member of Columbia City Masonic Blue Lodge 189, Mizpah Shrine, Columbia City United Methodist Church and Rotary International. He served on the Whitley County Hospital Board and was an over 25-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross Bloodmobile. He volunteered countless hours helping organize local bloodmobiles.
Tom built his family home and loved woodworking and lawn work. He was most passionate about time spent with family, delighting in taking his grandchildren to Disney World.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn; two sons, Brent (Tami) Drew, and Scott (Elaine) Drew both of Columbia City; a daughter, Cynthia (Dan) Frye of Logansport; grandchildren Gia, Dane, Leah and Molly Drew all of Columbia City, Katie Clements of Denver, Colo., Dustin Clements of Nashville, Tenn., and Clayton (KyLeigh) Frye and Krista Frye of Logansport; great-grandsons, Coban and Kade Parker of Columbia City; two sisters, Marjorie Gilliom of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jane Heller of Weslaco, Texas; and a brother, Robert E. (Bertha) Drew, Zeeland, Mich.
The funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Association or Columbia City United Methodist Church Building Fund.