Thomas Gerald Drudi, age 77 of Beaverton, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at his home with family by his side. The son of the late Catullo L. and Norma P. (Hemstreet) Drudi was born January 11, 1944 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1980, he married the former Barbara Worley in Genesseeville, Michigan. Tom served his country honorably with the United States Army in Korea. He retired from Kroger’s in 1988 as a store manager and drove bus for the Coleman School District.
Tom was a member of the Gladwin Lodge #397 of Free and Accepted Masons for over 29 years along with the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite - Valley of Bay City. As a member of the Elf Khurafeh Shrine for 28 years, he drove children to their medical appointments at the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Most of all, Tom was known as an award-winning clown with the Shrine and he loved making people laugh.
Surviving is his wife of 41 years, Barbara Drudi of Beaverton; children, Tom Drudi (Julie Flynn) of Fenton, Tom (Rhonda) Berry of Kalamazoo, and Kris (Elliott) Herring of Mancelona; grandchildren, Kelsey, Kyle, Erik, Wes, and Kevin; and sister, Joyce (Jerry) Stephens.
Services to celebrate Tom’s life will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at Daniel’s Band Church, 4835 Bard Rd. Beaverton, MI 48612. Pastor Randy Govitz will officiate with burial taking place at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Visitation be will from 4 – 7 pm on Tuesday at the Wilson MILLER Funeral Home and on Wednesday at the church from 10 am until the time of service. Both a Masonic and Shriner’s service will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to the Elf Khurafeh Shrine Hospital Drivers Unit. Personal messages of condolence maybe offered to the family at www.wilson-miller.com.
Elf Khurafeh Shrine Hospital Drivers Unit
P.O. Box 1, Clio MI 48420