Paul Drasutis

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Paul A. Drasutis, 48, of Defiance, Ohio, passed away suddenly Sunday, April 6, 2014.

He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on May 12, 1965, the son of the late Harry and Paulette (Slusser) Drasutis, who survives him in Pensacola, Florida.

Paul graduated from B.T. Washington High School in Pensacola, Fla. He was also a graduate of Louisiana State University. Paul was employed as a supervisor at General Motors, serving several different plants including the Defiance plant over his 15-year career. SFC. Drasutis was about to retire from a 30-year military career, having served in the Marine Corps, Air Force Reserve and the Army National Guard. He served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW Post 3360 and a life member of AMVETS Post 1991. Paul was an avid hunter, passionate pilot and expert fisherman. His love for adventure and the outdoors was a tradition passed to him by his father, Harry. Paul hoped to instill that enthusiasm in his stepson, Andrew. His pride and joy was his bulldog, Benny, who he affectionately called "his boy." On July 29, 2011, Paul married Francine Meyer.

He is survived by his wife, Francine Meyer Drasutis of Defiance, Ohio; mother, Paulette Drasutis of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter, Rachael (Rae) Meyer of Defiance; sons, Joshua Meyer of Defiance, Andrew Meyer of Defiance; sister, Robin Drasutis of Shreveport, Louisiana; brothers, David (Lisa) Drasutis of Pensacola, Fla., and Peter (Jodie) Drasutis of New Orleans, La.; sister-in-law, Suzanne Drasutis of Gainesville, Georgia; two grandchildren, Ariel and Bayne Meyer; and his mother-in-law, Sharon (Dirr) Meyer.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry; brother, Harry; and father-in-law, Eugene "Farmer" Meyer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. John Catholic Church, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Friends are invited to call Friday from 1-8 p.m. at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, with a 2 p.m. vigil service Friday. The AMVETS will be holding a service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will also be an hour before services, from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery with military honors.

Suggested memorials are to the donor's choice. Condolences to the family may be shared at www.lawson-roessner.com.

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