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Gene Osmon Drury

Posted 2022-05-19 by mhenderson
Published by Today's News Herald from May 18 to May 19, 2022 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Gene Osmon Drury, 102, of Lake Havasu City, passed away peacefully on
May 8, 2022 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born
Sept.23, 1919 in Plainville, Indiana, the son of Ralph and Bonnie Drury.
He was preceded in death by first wife Lydia Reid, January 1997 of 54
years, his elder brother Ralph Drury in April 2020, also at the age of
102, and his younger brother Charles Calloway in 2009.

He is survived by his two paternal daughters Elizabeth "Gerri" Hartwell
and Barbara Pecor. Five grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Robert
and Sandra Cathey (Madison and Mackenzie), Angie Suttles (Donnie,
Breanna, and Dylan), Kelly Blankenship, Justin Blankenship, and Lydia
and CJ Truell (Cory III) and seven great-great-grandchildren. He is also
survived by his lovely second wife of 20 years Nelda Sollars and her
daughters Anna Marie Sollars (Christian and Jaze), Sharon Sollars
(Alexis and Juan), and Carol and Jerry Nowakowski (Justen and K'Lee).

Gene graduated from Ranken Technical College in 1940, following
graduation, he worked at Curtis Wright Aircraft until 1942 until he was
drafted into the U.S. Navy during WWII and served as a machinist first
class, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After the war, he returned to
Curtis Wright and married Lydia, and they settled in St. Louis, Missouri
raising their daughters, Elizabeth "Gerri" and Barbara. In 1948, he was
employed at McDonnel Douglas for 29 years until his retirement in 1977.
Also, he was a loyal member and Grand Master of the Masonic Palestine
Lodge #241.

During his retirement, Gene and Lydia settled in Lake Havasu City, and
he continued his passion of working with his hands and mind, beginning
his journey of making violins, 212 in total. He enjoyed donating the
instruments to various musicians and local area orchestras, most
prominently the String Ambassadors of the Yuma Strings Orchestra. His
other passions included visiting with his family, traveling, and
attending his beloved St. Michael's United Methodist Church which he was
a key member for over forty years.

Services were entrusted to the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.
Thoughts and condolences can be sent to the family at www.lietz-

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