Joseph Draugelis, 98, Oregon, passed away in his sleep on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at Riverbluff Nursing Home, Rockford.
He was born in Chicago on April 29, 1915, to Joseph and Mary Draugelis.
Joseph lived his younger years in Chicago, graduating from high school there, and joining the U.S. Army.
After leaving the Army, he managed several Kroger grocery stores, one in Kenosha, Wis., one in Woodstock, and one in Oregon, before working for the Woods Brothers in Oregon.
He lived in Oregon virtually all of his married life.
He married Georgia Helen Johnson on Dec.13, 1945, and they were married 53 years until her passing in July of 1999.
He worked for 22 years for Woods Brothers Manufacturing as a purchasing agent when the company first came to Oregon.
He lived a quiet life, but thoroughly enjoyed reading the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times, cover to cover every Sunday morning.
Joe reminisced several years ago about all of the things that he had seen over his many decades of life — the first cars, the first TV, jet engines, computers, modern refrigerators, gas-powered lawn mowers, transistor radios, space travel, and the list goes on and on.
He is survived by one son, Joseph Lynn (Julie) Draugelis, Rockford, one daughter, Jeri (Richard) Bergner, Oregon; six grandchildren, William Joseph (Lisa) Draugelis and Scott Draugelis, Rockford; Leah Bergner, Long Beach, Calif., David (Jasmin) Bergner, Wiesbaden, Germany, Jacob Bergner, Carlsbad, Calif., and Joseph Bergner, Honolulu, Hawaii; and two great-grandchildren, Madelynn Draugelis, and Jonathan Bergner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Georgia; and one sister, Ella.
His body was cremated and a memorial will be held in late spring or early summer of 2014.