Thursday, August 14, 2008

Charles Thomas "Tom" Drane, 81, of Shell Knob, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at the Table Rock Health Care in Kimberling City.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1927, in Topeka, Kan., to James and Martha Drane the youngest of six children, he had two sisters and three brothers. From high school, Tom joined the U.S. Navy to serve our country during the latter part of WWII. His ship, the USS Healy accompanied General Douglas MacArthur and the USS Missouri for the signing of the surrender treaty. Shortly after the war, he returned to Topeka to marry Glennys Piper. They moved to Wichita, Kan., He worked for the Ohse Meat Co., and retired after 40 years. They relocated to the Shell Knob area after retirement. Glennys preceded him in death in 1991. He then later met and married Dee, and they made Shell Knob their home as well. she survives.

Additional survivors include, his wife, Delores "Dee" (Chapman) Drane, of Shell Knob; one son, Greg Drane, of Shell Knob; and one granddaughter.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Central Community Methodist Church in Shell Knob with Rev. Dr. Dean Wilson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Haiti Mission of the Central Community United Methodist Church and may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home, Cassville.

Arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home, Cassville.