Francis W. Drewelow

francis drewelow
Francis W. Drewelow, age 90, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. Francis William Paul Drewelow was born on July 1, 1922, the son of Herman and Elizabeth (Linneman) Drewelow in New Hampton. He grew up in Boyd, Iowa. Francis completed the 8th grade at a country school in Boyd. After completing his education, Francis farmed with his father on the family farm. On July 18, 1946, Francis was united in marriage to Beverly Watts at St. Boniface Church in Ionia. The couple farmed east of New Hampton for many years. Francis also worked 44 years at John Deere, retiring in 1979. In 1990, they left their family farm and moved to New Hampton. They were members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Francis enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing cards, dancing, gardening and planting flowers. Francis is survived by his children, five daughters, Shirley (Ron) Roethler of Charles City, Karen (Rod) Peine-Kane of Oelwein, IA, Rita (Darwin) Fisher of New Hampton, Peggy (special friend, Duane) Drewelow of Waverly and Barbara (Andrew) Kottke of Fredericksburg; two sons, David Dean (special friend, Linda) Drewelow and Vern (Rachel) Drewelow both of New Hampton; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leo (Angie) Watts of Deming, NM, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Beverly on May 27, 2007; his parents; one son-in-law, Daniel Peine; one step-grandchild, Christian Roethler; three brothers, Oliver, Robert and Lyle; seven sisters, Bernice Ochala, Eileen Bernard, Leanor Schuchhardt, Gladys Natvig, Rose Stevenson, Isabell Brookins and Ruth Weeks. Cemetery: Burial will be held at New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00pm on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. Funeral services for Francis will be held at 10:30am, on Monday, January 14, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating.

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  1. I personally am sadden by this and to let ALL the family know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Frany was one of a kind and was always willing to help anyone in need. There was never a time I didn’t enjoy sitting down and talking to him.. Rest in peace my friend.

  2. Rita , Barb and families you have our deepest sympathy. May God watch over him now , as he will be watching over you all. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. so sorry about the loss of your dad. He was a good hard working man!! Didn’t like to spend his money that’s for sure. Hehe. Glad I got to see him his last minutes of being with us. He was a special guy to me. Thoughts and prayers to each and everyone of you.

  4. To the Drewelow family, So sorry for your lose. I was so lucky to beable to spend sometime with Francis this summer. He was a great man and friend to my family. Thougts and prayers for you all.
    Richard and Sharon Dreckman-Zeien family

  5. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time

  6. I was the gal that sat across from Francis in the dining room at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. We enjoyed discussing the weather and the need of rain on the farm land and rivers. I got to welcome his friendly smile and comments we shared. He was not able to see as well as once because of a stroke. I wanted to go back and visit with the friends I made while there but, being laid up with a broken leg and broken wrist, I hadn’t gotten back, since I was recuperating at home. Francis, I could tell, was a hard worker and a good guy! He will be missed!

  7. I one of 5 daughters and 2 sons of Francis Drewelow our Father. I would like to say to all of you thank-you so much for your words of comfort. Yes, our hearts are broken at the moment and knowing we will never see him again is very painful. But knowing Dad is now without pain and all his health issues are gone. And more important he is finally with the love of his life-Mom. Someday our pain will turn to happy memories and we will share those stories with you all some day when we meet again.

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