Ronald Carl Drews, 73, passed away January 15, 2019

Ronald Carl Drews, of St. Joseph, Michigan, 73, died January 15, 2019 at the Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, Michigan.  He was born to Reinhold and Martha (Adler) Drews on May 29, 1945.  He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, MIchigan. He attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1964.  One year later he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Dale DLG 19 with two tours during the Vietnam conflict.  During one of his leaves, his sister, Dorothy Skaggs introduced him to a friend of hers, Carol Groh.  They dated, were engaged and married on June 20, 1970, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Church in St. Joseph, MIchigan.  Ronald was employed at United Parcel Service for more than 30 years.  In the 1970’s, he ran Run for the Buds and got hooked on this activity.  He eventually ran two marathons – the Chicago Marathon and Sunburst Marathon, as well as several half-marathons and numerous both 5K and 10K races.  He lived his faith, volunteering at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen, Food Bank at Fairplain Presbyterian Church, and built homes with Habitat for Humanity. He served on the St. Joseph Township Neighborhood Watch Board for many years, was active with Lest We Forget, the First Congregational UCC Men’s Ministry, and also enjoyed spending time with his fellow UPS colleagues from the Friday Breakfast Group.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, daughters Janet Drews and Jill (Peter) McKinney, and three grandchildren Isabelle McKinney, Isaac McKinney, and Abbey Ordiway, as well as his brother Gerald (Linda) Drews, sister Dorothy (Wayne) Skaggs, sister-in-law Virginia Drews, and many cousins of Hettig and Adler descent.  He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his brother Al Drews.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 18, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MIchigan.  Memorial Services will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ Church on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 11 a.m.  Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma, Michigan with Military Rites conducted by North Berrien Military Rites Team. Those wishing to leave a condolence may do so at

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Southwest Michigan chapter of Lest We Forget, at 5821 Ridge Road, Stevensville, Michigan 49127.

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