The News Times, Newport, OR 97365
Apr 5th, 2013
Alfred “Al” Drews
Alfred “Al” Drews was born in Dearborn, Michigan on March 2, 1923. He grew up in Dearborn where his father was a grounds keeper for Henry Ford. He joined the infantry of the Army during World Was II and served in the signal corps stationed on Hawaii. During Al’s time in the Army, he received a field commission to second lieutenant.
Following his military time, Al worked for the National Guard, opened his own construction company, and managed Camp Oakes near Big Bear Lakes, California. He married Janet Reid and together they raised two children, Tom and Betsy.
Al completed his Bachelor’s degree in outdoor education at the age of 56. Al and his family moved to Stevenson, Washington in 1979 when Al started working for Columbia River Girl Scouts and managing Camp Arrowhead. He retired from Columbia River Girl Scouts in 1996 as the property manager overseeing all of their properties.
Al married the love of his life, Sharon “Fanny” Drews in 1996 and moved to be with her in Newport, Oregon. For the past eighteen years he took pleasure in wood working, maintaining his home and supporting Fanny in her teaching career.
Al will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, including horseback riding and fishing. Al also loved to read about history, drink wine, and spend quiet evenings with Fanny.
He is survived by his partner and loving wife of 18 years Sharon “Fanny” Drews, his brother Bob, his son Tom, Ann his wife, and their children Michelle, Megan, and Tim, and his daughter Betsy Mullenix and her husband, John Sheppard. Al is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Milda.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13, 2:00pm at the Bateman Funeral Home Chapel. A celebration of life, with a finger food potluck, will follow the memorial at Yaquina Bay Yacht Club.