Dr. John Robert “Hap” Dragoo, 94, of Wabash, died at 11:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Wabash.
He was born February 11, 1926 in Johnson County to Arthur R. and Nola (Mullikin) Dragoo.
Dragoo was a 1944 graduate of Nineveh High School. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University, and his medical degree from Indiana University Medical School. He married Jane Dye in Monon on June 17, 1956. He was a physician, practicing in both Wabash and Urbana from 1961 until his retirement in 1993.
Dragoo also taught Anatomy at Indiana University and at Ivy Tech in Wabash. He was a member and Elder of the Wabash Christian Church. Hap was also a member of the Wabash Kiwanis Club, Hanna Masonic Lodge, Wabash Shrine Club, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, member and Past Potentate of the Fort Wayne Mizpah Shrine, and the founder of the Great Lake Shrine Association Salmon Derby. Hap belonged to the Wabash County and Indiana State Medical Society, the Kappa Delta Rho Social Fraternity at IU, and was a member of the IU Alumni Association.
In 1996, he was the recipient of the Wabash Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen award. Hap was an avid fisherman and was known for his kindness, generosity, compassion, and humility. He never knew a stranger and had a great sense of humor. Hap was a dedicated and caring physician to all of his patients, and a devoted family man.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Dragoo of Wabash, two children, Mary (Tom) Gospel of Carmel, and Arthur (Sarah) Dragoo of Monticello, four grandchildren, Michael Gospel and Allison Gospel, both of Chicago, Illinois, Benjamin Dragoo and Adam Dragoo, both of Monticello, sister, Frieda (Bob) Hensley of Franklin, nieces and nephew, Shirley Buck of Franklin, Peggy (Jerry) Thompson of Princes Lakes, and Buddy (Lisa) Drybread of Franklin. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Betty Jane Drybread.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, private services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Haley Asberry officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. There will be a public service at a later date.
Preferred memorial is Wabash Christian Church.