Charles Drewel



Charles Kenneth Drewel, 90, Belle passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at Gasconade Manor in Owensville.

He was born May 4, 1932, a son to the late Charles Lewis and Flora (Aytes) Drewel in Owensville.

He was a 1949 graduate of Belle High School.

Ken was united in marriage to Lorene Sadler, Nov. 11, 1951, at the First Baptist Church in Belle.

He proudly served his country during the Korean War as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954.

He worked as a union carpenter for LA Schaefer for over 26 years. He also taught building trades from 1974 until 1979 at Belle High School. Through the years, he mentored many young men both at school and after helping them learn the trade.

Ken was a longtime member of the Belle First Baptist Church, where he was active as both a deacon and drove the church bus, as well as teaching the RA’s and many other activities. His faith in God was strong and he read his bible daily.

He had many hobbies including fishing and woodworking. As a younger man he enjoyed quail hunting and training his bird dogs. For the past 21 years, he and Lorene would travel to their second home in Mission, Texas. He loved attending the state fair as well as the annual Belle parade. Ken was a kind and loving man who enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He will be missed greatly by his best friend and wife, Lorene, as well as his family and anyone who knew and loved him.

Ken was preceded in death by parents Charles and Flora; brother Norman Drewel; and sister Wanda Campbell.

He is survived by wife Lorene of the home; daughter Katina Thomas of Hillsboro; granddaughters Ashley McBride and husband Jamie of Canaan and Stevie Rae Thomas of High Ridge; great-grandchildren Christian McBride, Zecharia McBride and Elaina Thomas; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 27, at First Baptist Church, Belle, with Robert Trigo officiating. Interment was in the Countryside Memorial Gardens with full military honors.

Memorials suggested to the First Baptist Church, Belle.

Arrangements entrusted to Sassmann’s Chapel, Belle.