John Draayer, 86, Austin

Published 9:29 am Friday, September 10, 2010

John B. Draayer, 86, of Austin died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

John was born March 26, 1924, in Freeborn County in Hollandale, the son of Bert and Gertrude Draayer. John was the oldest of eight children. He loved the farm and he loved to garden. John also worked at Hormel Foods Corporation for 35 years. He was married to Arlene Cole on May 26, 1944. They had four children and Arlene died on March 17, 1985. John married Doris Sistek in September of 1986. He was a member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church.

John Draayer

John was preceded in death by his first wife Arlene; grandson, Travis; and three brothers: Jim, Hein and Robert.

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He is survived by his wife, Doris Sistek Draayer of Austin; sons and daughters-in-law: Rodney and Carolyn Draayer of Lee Summit, Mo., and Kent and Kay Draayer of Austin; daughters and sons-in-law; Pam and Brian Erickson of Alexandria and Bev and Dave Nordby of Austin; step-children: Nancy and Allan Wesely of Austin and Dan Sistek and friend Marion of Austin; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers: Wilbur (Pat) Draayer of Hollandale and Ray Draayer (friend Darlene) of Albert Lea; sisters: Evelyn (Garret) Ravenhorst of Hollandale and Betty (Leonard) Boyson of Madison; sisters-in-law: Bev (Wayne) Diereks of Albert Lea, Marvel (William) Biser of Alden and Shirley (Laverne) Anderson, Wabasha; half-brother and sisters: David, Susan, Carolyn, Gertie and Barb Draayer; nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin, with the Rev. Gene Leiter officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery, Austin. Visitation will be held today at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church for one hour before the service on Saturday.