Born in Arkansas 1921 to Norval and Sybil Drewrey. He married Frances
Nau in 1942. He is survived by his wife,Fran, and three children, Marvin
(Buzz) and wife Julie, George (Kip) and wife Jeanne, and his baby girl,
Marta and husband (Gus), his sister, Maxine and husband (Bart), eight
grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews.
Garland "Drew" Drewrey was a decorated WWII veteran,
receiving a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and recommended for the Silver
Star. Served with the 82nd Airborne in the Market Garden
Campaign in Holland. Drew lived in California, Nevada
and Idaho, residing at the "Fun House" in Cascade, Idaho
at the time of his death. Drew
was employed by the State of California Department of
Agriculture and returned to Idaho as an entrepreneur in
Boise, having owned and operated "Fran's Donut Shop" and
"The Beef Baron". He was later employed by the State of
Idaho Dept of Corrections and retired as Administrator
of Operations. After retiring he owned and operated
Classic Construction, and Classic Candy Company.
Drew enjoyed life to the fullest, hunting, fishing,
flying, playing cards (known to attempt to cheat at
"flog" ) but most of all he enjoyed and appreciated time
spent with his family. His motto: "As you wander down
life's road, friend, whatever be your goal, keep your
eye upon the donut and not upon the hole."
Services: Emmett Cemetery for inurnment Aug. 15, 2008
at 2:30 p.m. followed by Requiem mass at Sacred Heart
Church in Emmett at 3 p.m. Memorial gathering in Sacred
Heart Parish Hall immediately following the service.
Published in Idaho Statesman on August 15, 2008
Garland Drewrey was a
replacement troop transferred to the 508th from an 82nd
Airborne Division pool in Leicester, England on 31
August 44. He was assigned to Company B just in
time to participate in the Holland Campaign which was
launched less than three weeks after his arrival.
He was seriously wounded in action on 18 Sept 44, the second day of
combat, and was evacuated to a field hospital, probably
in England. He does not appear to have returned to
the 508h thereafter.
As mentioned n his obituary
Drew was the administrator of operations at the Idaho
state Penitentiary, the so-called "Fun House". The
article at right is taken from that time period.
Convicts Ride More, Walk less
by Richard Charneck
BOISE (UPI) --- Convicts and guards at the Idaho Penitentiary are
walking more and riding less these days and the board of
corrections is saving money on motor fuel.
Garland Drewrey, administrator of operations at the prison, said
the change was instituted after Don Erickson replaced Raymond May as
director last spring.
"We were concerned about the number of vehicles on the road all the time,"
Drewrey said. "We conducted a survey and found any number of
older pickups were being used around the prison instead of just walking."
He said he found instances where prisoners would be moving
sprinkler pipe and would climb into a truck with a guard to drive across
a field instead of just walking across it.
Checking off the vehicles used for intermittent short hauls, he
said, the prison administration has "dead lined" then and eventually
hopes to sell them.
"We reduced the number of vehicles in use by about 50 percent,"
Drewrey said. "I couldn't give you a percentage of the gas
saved but we
did reduce it a
For the past several months a legislative audit team has been
conducting an audit of the penitentiary --- from the
period beginning July 1, 1969 though June 40, 1964
Preliminary findings indicated they uncovered what appeared to be
an excessive use of gasoline and other fuels at the
"While controls in the past were not as good as they should have
been,' Drewrey said, he doubts if there was pilferage at
the prison. He said the on-road usage was not as
great as it first appeared to be, either.
He said the initial findings didn't take into consideration all the
farm equipment operated by the penitentiary. In
addition, he said, diesel fuel used to run boilers at
the slaughterhouse was lumped in with fuel used on the
But to make sure fuel is not ripped off in the future, he said,
tighter controls are being exercised tied directly to
the vehicle in the accounts.
Nobody gets gas now if they don't have ... (illegible)
The Idaho Free Press & The News-Tribune,
Wednesday, November 20, 1974 - 2