Paul Drewanz, 81, of Boyne City, MI passed away peacefully, early Thursday morning, at his residence.
He was the son of Paul L. Drewanz & Elizabeth M Drewanz (Anders) who both were originally from Germany.
Paul was born March 25, 1939 in Roseville, MI. Later, his family moved to the village of Horton Bay in Boyne City where he attended school, and worked the family farm with his older brothers.
He married his first wife, Louise (Major), built their house and was drafted to the Army in 1962. He was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Later, he divorced and remarried to Bessie Drewanz (Keller). They built a house, raised two daughters, and have three grandsons.
Paul was known for being a builder, and for his great retail sense. Throughout his life, some of his job experiences included: Pepsi-Cola, J.L. Hudson, Montgomery Ward, Wickes Lumber, Kit Carson Lumber. He finally ventured into business on his own and built his company, Services Plus, where he maintained cottages, dock work, lawn care- you name it, he did it.
Paul loved helping others and being a volunteer. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, The Elks Lodge, The Moose Lodge, American Legion, highly active with the Veterans and on the board at the Boyne Senior Center. He also volunteered at the local food pantry.
He was a man of strong faith. He helped his father build the New Apostolic Church in Gaylord. Paul later found a loving community in the open arms of the Walloon Community Church.
Paul we be remembered for his determination, his strength to never give up, his patriotism, his love for his family & friends, and the way he could light up a room like only Paul could do. He loved traveling, nature, crazy trail rides, and a love for good ol’ country music. In his prime, he could stay on the dance floor all night.
Paul is survived by his two daughters: Cheryl Carey (Kevin), and Kimberly Coates (Roger). His three grandsons: Kaden, Jacob, Carter. And the mother of his children: Bessie (Keller) Drewanz. And many other extended family members.
He is preceded in death by his Father & Mother: Paul and Elizabeth Drewanz, his older brothers: Heinrich, Werner (Van), and Erwin.
A memorial luncheon is planned Sunday, Sept 20, 2020 at the Boyne Eagles Hall; due to current health concerns masks will be required inside. It will run 1pm -4pm, followed by an American Legion Salute, across the street at the Veteran’s Memorial Park 4pm.
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