Grosse Pointe Park resident Raymond Joseph Droste, age 76; passed away on August 10, 2015
He was born March 28, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan. He had many varied interests including military history (especially WWII and U.S. Civil War), all sports, symphonic music, reading (especially international intrigue), long walks, jigsaw puzzles and travel. He loved to challenge his knowledge of many topics on the TV show Jeopardy. His interest in Civil War history led him to many years of membership in the Michigan Regimental Round Table.
After graduation from Austin Catholic Prep School, he attended Wayne State University to achieve BA & MBA degrees in Marketing and Management. He also served a 6 year obligation in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves (while finishing his Master's degree). He enjoyed a wonderful 35 year career in Ford Motor Purchasing, featuring two 6 month assignments at Ford of Mexico as well as extensive traveling in Europe and the Far East.
After retirement, Mr. Droste became very active in the American Legion with Grosse Pointe Post #303. He was Post Commander for 8 years and also Commander of the Detroit District for 3 years. He also enjoyed his many years working as a docent at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate.
Mr. Droste was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Ann Marie Droste. He is survived by his two sons from a previous marriage, Bryan (Julie) and Scott as well as five stepchildren, Franklin Miller V (Susie), Mark Miller (Hong), Karen Miller (Ann), Julie Miller-Jason (Ray) and Marsha Baranek (Gary). Also 7 grandchildren, Jamie Baranek, Kelly Baranek, Stephanie Jason, Christopher Jason, Sean Miller, Michael Miller and Patrick Miller.
He was predeceased by his parents Raymond and Blanche Droste and his four siblings, Robert Droste, William Droste, Marie Giordano (nee Droste) and Virginia Droste.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 12th from 5-9pm with a Scripture Service 7pm at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. Funeral Thursday, August 13th; Instate 1:00pm until the time of Mass 1:30pm at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchins or to the American Legion, Grosse Pointe Post #303