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Don F. Drone

May 16, 1932 ~ July 15, 2020 (age 88)


Don F. Drone, age 88, lifelong Ridgway resident, passed on this life, July 15, 2020 in Deaconess Gateway Hospital, Newburgh, IN.  Don was born South of Ridgway on the family farm May 16, 1932 to the late Peter and Lorene (Goebel) Drone.  On September 17, 1957 he married Phyllis (Ande) Drone.  She preceded him in death August 10, 2017.

Don was a faithful member of the St. Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway.  He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.   He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Ridgway, the Ridgway American Legion and VFW where he served on the Honor Guard for many years.  Don has been a member of the Ridgway Fire Department, since December 1, 1960 and served as Chief from 1969 – 1972  He also belonged the Gallatin County ESDA.  Don worked at Ridgway Lumber Company for several years.  He then went on to work at Wabash Valley Service Company in Ridgway for over 30 years before retiring.

Don is survived by his children, a son, Alan (Cindy) Drone of Ridgway, Annette (Harold) Campbell of Ewing, IL, and Nina (David) Kingston of Norris City, IL Grandchildren, Alicia (Bobby) Allen, Jacob (Jessica) Drone, Katie (Noel) Clore, Allison (Bret) Campbell, and Casey (Jesse) Campbell.  7 Great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, a son Peter John Drone, 3 brothers, Theodore, Aaron and Non (his twin) Drone, and 2 sisters, Dorothy Zirkelbach and Bernice Hemphill.

Visitation for Don will be on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.  A funeral mass will follow at the St. Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway at 11:00 AM with Fr. Steven Beatty as Celebrant.  Burial will be immediately following in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Ridgway with military rites being conducted by the Ridgway American Legion and VFW

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