George Edmund Draves, 89, passed away on Feb. 3, 2019, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield.

George Edmund Draves was born April 15, 1929, in Westfield Township, Dodge County. He was the youngest child of George F. and Ellen (Nellie Fitzgerald) Draves. He attended Dodge County schools and graduated from Hayfield High School in 1946.

He enlisted in the Air Force and after basic training at Lackland Air Base, he completed the Medical Technician training at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. He was stationed at Castle Air Base in California for two years and Sioux City Municipal Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, before honorably discharged in 1957.

George then worked at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. He worked at John Shaw Drug in Blooming Prairie. In 1962, he began employment at Thill Implement Company in Rose Creek as Office Manager for 17 years. He also held positions with Farmers State Bank of Lyle and Farm Credit Services in Blooming Prairie, and St. Peter. He retired from Bruender Construction in Eagle Lake, after 12 years of employment as their accountant.

After retiring in 2003, he worked part-time at the Dodge County Historical Society and was a volunteer after 2004. George enjoyed searching family history information and accumulated much information on his family tree.

George was a volunteer 20 years for Youth for Understanding, a foreign student exchange program. He served a number of positions such as the Area Representative, Field Manager, American Overseas Recruiter, and hosted a number of students. George placed more than 230 students with host families and schools in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

George’s family was one of the original families of Sacred Heart Church in Hayfield, and he was always active in choir and other church activities.

George is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents in 1962; sister, Helen; half-sisters, Mabel Fitzgerald, Neva Wistrom, Jean Miller, and Vione Wuerflein; and half-brother, Elmer.

The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Second St. NE, Hayfield, with Father Thomas Niehaus celebrating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield, with military honors by the Hayfield American Legion Rothie Post 330. Visitation will be two hours before the service Saturday at the church. Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 Second St. NW, Hayfield, assisted with arrangements.

Blessed be his memory.