Dale Chester Draper, age 89, of Jasper, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Heartland at ProMedica in Sylvania, Ohio. He was born on February 1, 1928, in Hillman, MI to Chester and Ruth (Barton) Draper. On July 6, 1942 he married Martha A. Nichols in Hillman and she preceded him in death on August 3, 2013. Dale proudly served his country in the United States Navy from December, 1945 until November, 1947. He worked for Jones Transfer, driving truck for many years. Dale and his wife, Martha enjoyed traveling and camping in their 5th Wheel and spent 25 winters in Florida together before her passing. Dale also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s numerous school activities and sporting events and enjoying many rides on his motorcycle.
Dale is survived by his son, Mark (Sandra) Draper of Ottawa Lake, MI; daughter, Donna Lynn Rish of Elizabeth City, N.C.; four grandchildren, Scott (Tiffany) Rourke, Sarah (Troy) Capps, Stephen (Leesa) Draper, and Jason Draper; eight great-grandchildren, Dakota and Paige Rourke, Garrett, Keegan and Conner Draper, and Skylar Jula, Lillian and Forrest Capps. In addition to his wife, Dale was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Dougie Kidder.
A Graveside service for Dale will be held on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Ridgeville Cemetery in Jasper with Rev. Bruce Jewett officiating.
You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation in Dale’s memory. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.