Anthony James "Tony" Draege, 63, of Vandalia, died 2:10 Sunday, May 25, 2014, at his home in rural Vandalia.
He was born March 2, 1951, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Robert W. and Helen "Jean" (Hawkins) Draege. He married Kathryn "Kathy" (Brown) Draege on Dec. 31, 1988, in Vandalia.
He was a self employed farmer of Draege Farms. He was a former Vandalia Road Township Commissioner. He was a stock car driver. He served on the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 520 of Granite City, was a former board member of the ASC office and a member of the national FFA organization.
Tony enjoyed farming with his boys, racing with his boys at Fayette County Speedway, hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle and summer vacations in Arkansas.
Tony is survived by his wife, Kathy Draege of Vandalia; father, Robert Draege of Mt. Vernon; sons, Michael Meyer of Shobonier, Aaron Draege of Vandalia, Aric “Jake” Draege and fiancé Emily of Farina and Colton Draege and girlfriend Alyssa Cole of Vandalia; daughter, Emalie Jo Meyer Babb and husband Shannon of Moweaqua; sisters, Brenda and husband Dale Randall and Dessie and husband Carl “JR” Staley, all of Mt. Vernon; nephew, Robert Staley of Mt. Vernon; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David W. and Betty Brown of Vandalia; sisters-in-law, Cindy and husband Randy Woolsey of Patoka and Beth and husband Larry Redman of Fillmore; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen “Jean” Draege.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Vandalia with the Rev. Pete LeDuc officiating.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Vandalia and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Future Farmers of America or Crown Point Community Church.
Online condolences and obituaries are available at www.hohltandfilefh.com.
Arrangements by Hohlt and File Funeral Home, Vandalia.