Waldo Emerson Drudge died on January 30th, 2004 in Houston, Texas after a long illness. He was 79 years old.
Waldo was born on June 20th, 1924 on a farm in Milford Township, Elkhart County, Indiana. He was the son of Wilber Sherman Drudge and Elsie Mae (Guy) Drudge.
Waldo joined the U.S. Marine Corps in April, 1942 and served various posts in the Pacific Theater during World War II, including the occupation of Tokyo Bay in August, 1945. He completed his service at the Great Lakes Naval Station in 1946.
Waldo went into farming in Wabash County, Indiana after the war. He was married on April 1st, 1950 to Rosalie Kathleen (Stover) Drudge at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Marion, Indiana. Their first and only child, Michael William Drudge, was born in Marion on February 18th, 1951. Waldo continued his farming career in LaFontaine Township, Wabash County, Indiana until 1962, when he moved his family to Houston. Waldo lived for 40 years at 1310 Glourie Drive in the suburb of Hilshire Village. Waldo worked for the U.S. Postal Service from 1964 until 1986. When he retired, he was maintenance supervisor at the main Houston Post Office on Franklin Street. Waldo was a member of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Spring Branch. Kay Drudge died on February 14th, 1984.
Waldo is survived by his son, Michael, his daughter-in-law, Maricela Flores de Drudge, both of London, England, and his granddaughter, Mariana Drudge, of Madison, CT.
Visitation with the family will begin at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 5, 2004 in the Houston National Cemetery Chapel, 10140 Veterans Memorial Drive with a funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Msgr. Dan Scheel, officiating. Interment will follow in the Houston National Cemetery.