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John Jacob Druery Jr.

March 22, 1947 ~ September 23, 2020 (age 73)


John Jacob Druery Jr.

On Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020, our most cherished, John Jacob Druery Jr. passed away  in Blackfoot Idaho.   A resident of Blackfoot and Glen White, West Virginia, John was 73 years old.

John was born on March 22nd, 1947, in Baltimore, Maryland.  He was the son of the late John Jacob Druery and Mary Druery Polk.  His brother, James Robert; sister, Carol and step father, Chester Polk have preceded him in death as well.

A 1965 graduate of Sophia High School, John attended Hartnell College.  Right out of high school he entered the US Army on June 10th of 1965, and took his basic training at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia.   He served his country faithfully from 1965 until 1973 in the 18th and 82nd Airborne and the 509th Airborne in Germany.  John was an artillery man in Vietnam from December of 1966 until 1967.  John was always so honored he served his country.  During the time in this country when Vietnam vets were frowned upon, John was proud.

John loved to fish and his friends nicknamed him “Catfish”.   He enjoyed playing golf when his health allowed , liked wood working, the outdoors and piddling in his yard.  John never met a stranger and loved helping others.  He loved to travel.  John served as the chaplain at the Blackfoot VFW, Post 9443.  

He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, the former Jeanette Wix; a son, Sean of California; a daughter, Ida Mae Miller (Dalton) of Lexington, North Carolina; granddaughters, Cindy, Kalee and Elizabeth.  John was preceded in death by Jeanette’s son, Steven Webb whom he loved and thought of as his own.  He has eight surviving siblings, Richard, Dennis, Phillip, Danny, Wayne, Melissa, Wanda, and Cathy; he was very fond of his in-laws, Frankie Wix (Laura), Michael Wix, Shirley Pennington and Catherine Kincaid (Jim), John’s mother-in-law, Imogene Wix passed on August 25th and he thought highly of her.

This Monday, October 5th we will honor John with a “Service of Remembrance” at 1:00 pm in the Melton Mortuary Chapel.  John will be laid to rest in the Veterans Section of the Sunset Memorial Park.   He will be accorded military honors.   Duty, Honor, Country…. that was John Jacob Druery.   He was most proud to serve.

The family is receiving friends at 12 noon.  

The family would like to say a special thank you to John’s wonderful Idaho neighbors, Lyle and Deanna Lamprecht and Shilo and Jillian Bingham who was always there to give a helping hand.  You were truly a blessing to our beloved John.

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Funeral Service
October 5, 2020

1:00 PM
Melton Mortuary Chapel, Harper Road, Beckley

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