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William “Bill” J. Drees – Clarkson, NE

William “Bill” J. Drees, 74, of Clarkson Nebraska, passed away at his home, on Thursday, May 6, 2021. He was born February 16, 1947, in Manchester, Iowa, to Reynold and Marian (Voss) Drees. He graduated from Manchester High School in 1965 and on September 28, 1965, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged on September 24, 1969. Upon his return from military duty, Bill worked with his father on the family farm.

In 1976, Bill set out on his own, moving to Clarkson, where he worked on the Malena farms. He later ran the Brass Rail and during the mid-1990’s, went to work for Holiday Retirement Homes in maintenance. Bill later started his own painting business in Clarkson, retiring in 2020 after 15 years.

After Bill’s first marriage ended in divorce, he was reunited with an old high school friend, Roxana “Roxy” Duncan Boyd. The couple were married on October 16, 2010, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Bill enjoyed fast-pitch baseball, pool, golf, bowling, watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Iowa Hawkeyes, and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

Bill is survived by his spouse, Roxy Drees of Clarkson; son Bart (Deadra) Drees of Henderson, Nevada; daughter Ranelle (dear friend, Ron Baumback) Drees of Denver, Colorado; daughter Karina (Todd) Quelet of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren Max and Mason Quelet; two step-sons, Jim (Kris) Boyd of Manchester and Joe Boyd of Manchester; five step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; three sisters, Carol Behnken of Marion,  Paula (Chuck) Zangerle of Manchester and Margaret Nueton of Manchester; a brother, Carl Drees of Des Moines; and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Reynold Drees; his mother, Marian Drees Oehler; a daughter, Tirsa Drees in 1976; and brothers, Dan, Larry and Robert Drees.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Clarkson Opera House or the Clarkson Christian Daycare.

Celebration of Life: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., June 6, 2021 at the American Legion in Manchester.

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