Drew B. Meldahl, 79, of Washington, Ill., died at 1:05 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.
Born on March 20, 1934, in Cisco, Ill., to Edgar Rex and Lucille Beatrice Barclay Meldahl, he married Donna J. Curtis on April 20, 1957, in Decatur, Ill. She survives.
Also surviving are three children, Sally Anne (R. Michael) Dunston of O'Fallon, Mo., Lori S. (Dennis) McGrew of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Evan Drew Meldahl of Franklin, Tenn., six grandchildren, Adam Dunston, Brian Dunston, Jennifer Williams, Alicia McGrew, Kaitlyn McGrew, and Taryn McGrew, four great-grandchildren, Bailey, Malia, Mason, and Max Drew, and two brothers, David Meldahl and Edgar Meldahl.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Karen Fellows and Wanda Berlin.
Drew received his bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from Millikin University in Decatur in 1957.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.
Drew worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 40 years, retiring in 1995 as a computer analyst.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Decatur, was an Eagle Scout and served as a Boy Scout Leader, and served on the Washington Community High School 308 School Board for several years. Drew was an avid gardener and reader, and enjoyed collecting recipes.
Drew's memorial website is available at www.deiters-funeralhome.com where condolences may also be sent to the family.
Credit: Peoria Journal Star on April 17, 2013