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August Drufke

March 28, 1920 — January 7, 2019

August Albert Drufke, age 98,  passed away January 7, 2019 at The Sunrise Senior Living Facility  in Louisville, Kentucky.  August was born on March 28,1920 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Anton and Josephine Drufke.

August lived a full life:

Serving early morning daily mass as an altar boy
Feeding the family with his  paper boy earnings during the depression
An enduring pride in his High School, Lane Technical
Serving with the Army Air Corp 319th B26 Bombardment Group - WW2 North African Campaign
Over 40 years in Marketing with American Steel Foundries
Volunteering as Louisville’s SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives) Regional Director
A tortured allegiance to the Chicago Bears

August was preceded in death by his devoted and loving wife of 71 years, Edith Elizabeth Drone. He is survived by his children:  Augie Cleveland Drufke (Nancy) Winston-Salem, NC, Melanie Owen (John) Noblesville, IN; four grandchildren:  August Alden Drufke (Andrea) Boston, MA; Adam Albert Drufke, Raleigh NC; Jonathan Owen (Theresa) Greenwood, IN; and Emily Drabyn (Christopher) Noblesville, IN; and six great-grandchildren:  Jackson August Drufke and Allette Andie Drufke,  Jacob and Catherine Owen, Annalise and Nathaniel Drabyn.

August is also survived by Bonnie Staples (Jerry) who has been a devoted and caring dear family friend for many years.

The Drufke Family would like to recognize and thank Hosparus and Sunrise Senior Living facility  for their care.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Ridgway, Illinois on January 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM, Fr. Steven Beatty will Celebrate Mass and burial will follow in  St Joseph’s Cemetery in Ridgway, Illinois.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 201-207 W South Street, Ridgway, Illinois   62979.

Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway is entrusted with his arrangements,  you can send a note of comfort to the family at

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