Howard Victor Drath, age 83, of Manawa, went to his Heavenly Home on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at the Manawa Community Nursing Center. He was born on March 25, 1927 in the Town of Little Wolf, son of the late Albert and Martha (Roesler) Drath. On August 23, 1952 he was united in marriage to Anita Krenke. Together, they celebrated 58 years of marriage. Howard owned and operated Drath Sewing Center for over 50 years, during which time he and Anita took several trips to Sweden for the business. Howard had many passions. He loved to attend all of his sons, and grandchildren’s sporting events. He was a huge fan of the Packers and Brewers. Howard was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, which included going to their cabin up north. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Manawa. He is survived by his wife Anita; 4 sons: Ron (Tammy), Tim (Gail), Steve (Sandra), Jeff (Pam); loving grandfather to Ian (Jamie) Brace, Tristan (Jessie) Drath, Andy, Tony and Dustin Drath, Desiree Brace, Jessie (Joel) Bonikowske, Caitlin Kjendalen, Tarra, Aubree and Aimee Drath; two great-grandchildren: Jack Brace and Wyatt Drath. Howard is further survived by his in-laws Irene (Leroy) Ruppel, Melvin (Diane) Krenke, Sue Krenke, Erdine (George) Jones, Lucille Drath and many nieces, nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Ordell and a brother-in-law Alvin Krenke. The funeral service for Howard was held on Monday, December 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Manawa with Rev. Vilas Mazemke officiating. Burial was in Little Creek Cemetery in the Town of Little Wolf. Friends called at the Cline-Hanson-Dahlke Funeral Home in Manawa on Sunday, December 26, 2010 from 2-5 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Dad, we are so lucky to have had you in our lives. Our memories and the love we have for you will stay in our hearts forever. We will truly miss all of your hunting and fishing stories. We are sure that you are talking Vince Lombardi’s ear off already!! God bless you dad and “thank you” for being you! Love, Your Family.