SPRINGFIELD – Edward F. Babe Drea, 87, of Springfield, IL died at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 3, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Home.
Babe was born December 28, 1922, in Taylorville to Edward and Hettie Hill Drea. He married his wife of 57 years, Doris Mae Reynolds, on June 20, 1953.
Babe is survived by his wife, Doris, of Springfield; one daughter, Tama (Joseph) Kuznik of Springfield; two sons, Edward J. (Lori) Drea of Phoenix, AZ and Timothy E. (Elizabeth) Drea of Justice, IL; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Corso of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joseph and Patrick Drea.
Babe was an active member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and was a veteran, serving in the 5th Army Air Corps during WWII. He had also been active in the UMWA, Taylorville Knights of Columbus and was a charter member of the Taylorville VFW. He graduated in 1941 from Southfork High School in Kincaid. Mr. Drea retired as a coal miner from Mine 10 in Pawnee after 40 years of service.
Visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home with prayers at 3 p.m. A funeral Mass will be said at 12 noon on Monday, June 7, 2010, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, by Reverend Christopher House. Interment will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cathedral Grade School or to the Cathedral Parish.
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