CHANUTE — John Drummond, 88, of Chanute died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Chanute Health Care Center.
He was born Aug. 11, 1922, in rural Dennis the son of Ira and Lula (Bertsch) Drummond.
Mr. Drummond worked 29 years for Western Petro Chemical Wax Plant. He also worked a second job with B&D Contractors for 16 years.
He was an avid gardener and provided fresh produce to all his family and friends. He was a hard worker and was always available to offer a helping hand to anyone in need. Even with very little formal education, he was able to repair almost anything.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Oil Chemical and Atomic Union Workers.
He married Nelva Marie Ward on Feb. 23, 1945, at Iola.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nelva, of the home; a daughter, Patricia Ann Briley and her husband, Leon, of Paola; a son, Steven Lee Drummond and his wife, Melody, of Peculiar, Mo.; and special daughter, Patricia Eileen “Tish” Matlock and her husband, Cecil, of Chanute; grandchildren, Angela Zahn and her husband, Steve, of Pleasant Hill, Mo., Bart Briley and his wife, Meaghen, of Olathe, Carrie Casserilla and her husband, Brian, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Derek Drummond and his wife, Maegan, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Cory Drummond and his wife, Contessa, of Overland Park; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Allie Zahn, Noah, Gracely and Luke Briley, Briley, Brenna and Xavier Casserilla and Aubrey and Dawson Drummond; a stepgreat-grandaughter, Steffany Madden and her husband, Josh, of Lane; a brother, Frank Drummond and his wife, Doris, of Parsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Deidri Marie; a great-grandson, Eli Cooper Briley; three brothers, Ray, Roy and Glen; and four sisters, Pearl Shields, Alice Easley, Martha and Gladys Drummond.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Window Restoration Fund and may be left with Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel in Chanute.
Online condolences may be left at www.PenwellGabelChanute.com.