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John F. Drew, 85

John F. Drew, 85, of Watertown, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born Nov. 28, 1918 in Hollywood Township the son of Michael and May (Dugan) Drew.

John engaged in farming with both his father and brother Ambrose. He also helped his neighbors when they needed an extra hand.

He was a faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

John was part of the famed Ghost Corps led by General Patton in Europe during World War II. John landed on Omaha Beach June 7, 1944 (D-Day plus one). He served as an MP, responsible for night movement of troops. He also guarded General Patton at Central Command Headquarters.

After the war, John returned to the farm in Hollywood Township. Ambrose and John shared an interest in world events and politics and were always willing to express an opinion.

John is preceded in death by his brother Ambrose, his father Michael, and his mother May, who died when John was age two.

He is survived by his cousins, the Magner, Campbell, Nolan, Sexton, McCarthy, Ryan, and Drew families.

A Mass of Christian burial for John Drew was Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception in Watertown. The Revs. Frank Wampach and Father Kevin Magner, cousin of John, concelebrated the Mass.

Interment followed at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Music was provided by Immaculate Conception Choir and directed by Bill Windsperger. Solos were performed by Mark Magner and Sean Campbell.

Casketbearers were George Burbie, Dave Campbell, Peter Campbell, Sean Campbell, David Gagnon, John Magner, Bob Nolan, and Flip McDonald.

Arrangements were by Itens Watertown Funeral Home.

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