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Paul Drefs

June 24, 1929 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Paul Drefs Obituary

Paul Drefs, age 94, of Escanaba passed away Friday, January 12, 2024 at OSF- St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. He was born June 24, 1929 in Engadine, MI and was the son of Gustaf Reinhart and Augusta (Erdmann) Drefs. Paul graduated from Engadine High School. Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, during W.W. II, serving in Japan, as a Private First Class. He served under the direction of General Douglas MacArthur, and was part of General MacArthur’s Honor Guard Company, which protected General MacArthur and the U.S. Embassy. Paul later served as a chaplain’s assistant for 2 and ½ years and with the military police, for 1 year, as a member of the fearless 40, until he was honorably discharged in 1951. Paul married the former Dorothy Ann Porath on October 30, 1954 at Salem Lutheran Church in Escanaba. He was employed at the Pioneer Steam Ship Company for 2 years and later with, Harnishfeger Corporation for 30 years, until he retired in 1984. Paul was a member of the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Escanaba American Legion. He had the honor of going on the U.P. Honor Flight out of Escanaba, Mission 8. Paul enjoyed collecting coins and stamps, and going to coin and stamp shows. Paul loved to help others, go to rummage sales, square dancing, taking bike rides, walking, remodeling his home and entering crafts in the U.P. State Fair.

Paul is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Donald Paul Drefs of Kalamazoo, MI; several special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 5 brothers; William Drefs, Otto Drefs, Leopold Drefs, John Drefs, and Frederick Drefs; 7 sisters, Wilma Dunagan, Hattie Comfort, Clara Ruest, Hannah Brawley, Julia Archambeau, Ethel Freeman, and Pauline Strom; 9 other ½ siblings.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m.to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 615 South 30th Street, Escanaba, MI. Funeral services celebrating the life of Paul will follow at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, with Rev. Paul Doletzky officiating. The U.S. Army will also conduct military rites at the church. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the Salem Lutheran Church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the spring of the year at Lakeview Cemetery.

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
January 17, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church (Escanaba)

Funeral Service
Wednesday
January 17, 2024

2:00 PM
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church
615 South 30th Street
Escanaba, MI 49829

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