Ronald S. Drager, 89, of Exeter Township, passed away Friday, February 7, 2020 at Penn State Health-St. Joseph Hospital. A member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, he was the husband of Ann G. (Trulinos) Drager, married for 65 years. Born in Mt. Wolf, PA, Mr. Drager was the son of the late Lawrence L. and Viola M. (Strayer) Drager. He graduated from Manchester High School in 1949 having been a student athlete in baseball, soccer, and basketball. He later graduated in 1951 from Montgomery Junior College and continued his education at Pennsylvania State University.
A member of XXI Corps of the U.S. Army, Ronald was deployed to Pusan, South Korea. He later Rose to the rank Captain and served in the U.S. Army reserves for 13 years. He was a system operations manager for General Public Utilities (Metropolitan Edison) for 43 years, retiring in 1994. He enjoyed the outdoors and helped build Pioneer Camp, his family’s cabin, in Union County, Pa, where he would hunt and fish. Some of his other hobbies included Skeet shooting at the Cacoosing Gun Club, bowling, and golfing.
For over 40 years, Mr. Drager took his family on vacation to Chincoteague, Va. The family fell in love with the island, making it an annual tradition for its 50 plus family members.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Mark S. Drager, husband of Kathleen Drager of St. Leonard, MD; Timothy L. Drager, husband of Deborah Drager of Pottstown; James M. Drager, husband of Michelle Drager of Morgantown; Steven P. Drager, husband of Deborah Drager of Exeter Township; Carol A. Stellwagon, wife of Dean Stellwagon of Mohrsville and was preceded in death by his son Robert D. Drager in 2009. Mr. Drager is also survived by his grandchildren David, Tamala, Christine, Spencer, Beth, Megan, Matt, Sara, Thomas, Michael, Jeffrey, Samuel, Joseph, Dylan, Lauren, Christian and 6 great grandchildren, his sister Lois Hammond of Stewartstown, PA and was preceded in death by his sister Elfreda Herbst.
There will be a viewing for friends and relatives at Bean Funeral Home, 6 Fairlane Road, Reading (Exeter Township), Pa Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 5 to 7 pm. A time for family remembrance will begin at 7 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Catherine of Siena RCC, 4975 Boyertown Pike, Reading (Exeter Township), Pa on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11 am. A viewing for friends and relatives will be hosted from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Entombment with Military Honors rendered by the United States Army Honor Guard will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery Mausoleum, 3139 Kutztown Road, Laureldale, Pa. On behalf of his son Robert D. Drager, and in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 3893 Adler Place, Suite 170, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Online condolences may be made at www.beanfuneralhome.com
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