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Dorothy Drone

February 23, 1929 — July 8, 2021

DOROTHY I. DRONE 92 years old of Effingham formally of Ridgway, Illinois died peacefully on Thursday evening  July 8, 2021, at 11:00 pm at Lavender Ridge Assisted Living, Effingham, Illinois where she had resided for the past few years.

Born: February 23, 1929, in Shawneetown, Illinois one of 5 siblings into the Christian family of Carney Rash. and Christina (Logsdon)-Rash-Frailey.  Dorothy married William “Bill” Drone on January 12, 1948, in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Old Shawneetown, Illinois Besides being a homemaker and raising a family with her late husband Bill Drone she was also employed by the Skaggs-Reeder Drug Store for over 24 years.

(Eulogy by her dear friend, Gini Drone)

When we think of someone who was well-known and well thought of in and around Ridgway, you only have to say one word “Dot”. Whether she was refilling coffee cups, visiting with friends at their “round table” or counting pills at the local pharmacy, she always had a big smile and kind words for everyone.

Dot was a great cook and hostess to many friends and was incredibly involved with her family from their years though grandchildren and great grandchildren. They all loved spending time with Papa and Gramm’s and her superb cooking. Holidays and Popcorn Days saw the Drone home filled to capacity.

She was kind and considerate to neighbors and always showed up with food when friends were sick or someone she knew died. Dot had an infectious laugh and enjoyed reading, parties, family sports, playing bridge, traveling, cross stitching quilt blocks for children and grandchildren and just being with those she loved.

When her eyesight failed and took away a lot of her joys she still remained upbeat and good-natured.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, July 17, 2021, at St. Kateri Catholic Church, Ridgway, Illinois from 10:00 am until 11:30 am.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 am Saturday, July 17, 2021, at St. Kateri Catholic Church which will be live streamed at st.kateri facebook page for those who can not attend with Rev. Fr. Steven Beatty and Rev. Fr. Christian Iwagwu officiating.


Son: Jeffery Joseph Drone Altamont, Illinois

Daughter      Misti (husband, Jeff) Jackson

and their son: Lucas                                             Ridgway, Illinois

Sons:               Cody (wife, Rebekah) Drone                                         Charleston, Illinois

Shawn  ( partner Paige Conner) Drone                           Altamont, Illinois

Stepsons:       Nathan (wife, Annie) Klitzing                                             Shiloh, Illinois

and their daughters: Adelynn, Sophia, and Violet

Nick (wife Brittany) Klitzing                                          Chicago, Illinois

and their son John David

Stepdaughter:  Cassidy  (husband, Zach Lowry                                    Beecher City, Illinois

and their daughters: Abigale, Julia, and Grace

2-Daughters: Patricia Louise (husband, David) Emerson Fishers, Indiana

Son:                 Bill  (wife, Tara) Harris                                                 Fishers, Indiana

and their son Ethin

and daughters Natalie, Mia, Tatum, and Sadie

Daughters:       Jessica (husband, Oliver) Richardson                            Chicago, Illinois

and their son: Hugo

Andrea (husband Michael) Webster                              Fishers, Indiana

and their son Michael

and daughters: Laine, Adison, Elle, and Cameron

Stepdaughter: Karla (husband, Trevor) Emerson-Scott

and their children Courtney, Zachary, Mallory, Kaylee, Paige, and Zachary

Debra Ann (husband, Lynn) Kull Altamont, Illinois

Daughter:     Audrey  (husband, Lucas) Kull-Lilly                        New Orleans, Louisiana

and their daughter: Vaeda

Son:               Jordan Kull (deceased)

and his son Noah and brother Desmond       Altamont, Illinois

Trenton (wife, Amber) Kull                                         Altamont, Illinois

and their son: Braven  and daughter: Emryn

Sister:                       Linda (Frailey) O’Neill                                                        Ivins, Utah

Brother-in-Law:  Dennis Drone                                                                           Tallula, Illinois

Sister-in-law:  Marilyn Rash                                                                                 Griffith, Indiana

Dorothy was preceded in death by her:

Parents:                          Carney Rash Sr. and Christina Logsdon Rash-Frailey

Husband:                      William Joseph “Bill” Drone

March 31, 1928—September 18, 2014

2-Brothers:                   Carney and wife Ruby Rash Jr.

Clinton Rash

Sister:                           Eulene and husband Earl Heath

Brother-in-law:         George O’Neill, Bob Little and Marion "Bud" Drone

Sisters-in-law:           Betty and husband Ben Hale

Theresa Austin
Delores Drone
Betty Drone

Nephews:                    Bryan Little and John Heath

Nieces                         Susan (Drone) Coker and Judy Austin

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus, the Altar Society, and or the Donor’s choice.

Committal services will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dorothy Drone, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, July 17, 2021

10:00 - 11:30 am

St. Kateri Catholic Church (Ridgway, Illinois)


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Funeral Mass

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Starts at 11:30 am

St. Kateri Catholic Church

211 W Edwards St, Ridgway, IL 62979

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