Lorin V. Draper - May 13, 2010
Lorin Verlin Draper was born to Harry and Mabel (Norman) Draper March 24, 1918 in Chase County. He passed away May 7, 2010 at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial, Neb.
He attended school in Perkins County and Chase County. As a young boy, Lorin would take a sack lunch and his dog and walk the hills. He enjoyed the outdoors.
Lorin was married to Velma Nadean Cooper on March 24, 1940 in Wauneta, Neb. To this union was born one son, Marvin Lynn and one daughter, Lorna Jean.
Lorin was baptized in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Jan. 15, 1956. He was ordained an Elder on May 22, 1977. He was a loyal and faithful member. His faith has never waivered. He was active in the Chase County Ministerial group for many years.
He made a living farming. He loved working in the fields. He remained interested in the farming of today, just recently checking out the new equipment. His many talents included fixing and making things. He was a member of the softball team called the “Punkin Rollers” that played at the Wagon Wheel ball park. He also drove in the stock car races at the Chase County fairgrounds. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Lorin and Velma belonged to the Over the Hillers camping club. They enjoyed the many gatherings the group had. Lorin also drove a school bus for several years.
In later years you could find Lorin at the Imperial Community Center. He would be doing whatever needed done. He met many new friends and was a board member until his death.
Lorin was seen at many school events over the years. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was an important part of their lives. In the summer you would see him at baseball games and moto cross races. He not only liked watching his own family but the other kids as well. He and Velma were presented a life time pass for school activities from Chase County High School in 1982.
His family and friends were special to him. At the end when he was bedfast he said, “If someone comes, wake me up.” Lorin never said “good bye” to anyone he always said, “So long.”
Lorin was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Velma; his parents, Harry and Mabel; two brothers, Ralph and Norman and one infant sister.
He is survived by his son, Marvin, and wife, Sharon Draper, and his daughter, Lorna, and husband, Paul Kunnemann; grandsons, Denny and wife, Debbie Draper, Tad and wife, Raquel Draper, Kelsey Draper and Cody Draper; granddaughters, Sherri Burke, Cyndi and husband, John Langenfeld, Bobbi and husband, Eric Dittler; great granddaughters, Courtney Draper, Jacci Paisley and husband Garrett, Katie Langenfeld and Chloe Dittler; great grandsons, Joshua Burke and wife, Courtney, Jakob Burke, Coby Langenfeld, Cory Langenfeld, Ashton Draper and Riley Draper; great, great grandchildren, Kendra Burke, Kristopher Burke and Krayton Paisley; one sister-in-law, Theone Draper.
Services were held Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Imperial with Elder Jim Smith officiating.
Kelsey Draper read a letter he had written to his Grandpa.
“Rock of Ages” and “One Day at a Time” were sung by Corey and Kevin Humphreys with pianist Karen Trumper.
Pallbearers were Joshua Burke, Ashton Draper, Jakob Burke, Coby Langenfeld, Cory Langenfeld and Riley Draper.
Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
A memorial has been established to The Imperial Community Center and Community Healthcare and Hospice.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.