Draves, Dr. John Irvin

Draves, Dr. John Irvin

December 4, 1926 – December 9, 2015
On the evening of Dec. 9, 2015, Dr. John Irvin Draves, originally from Madison, Wis., passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 89. At the time of his passing he was comforted by his wife, Catherine, his immediate family, and his extended family composed of the staff at the Commons On Marice in Eagan Minn., a senior living center. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Catherine (Noble) Draves; son, David and wife, Tina Draves, son, John Draves; and five grandchildren, Jennifer (Cegalis) Birney, Julie Cegalis, Garrison Draves, Lauren Draves and Eli Draves. His daughter, Diane (Draves) Cegalis preceded him in death at the age of 51. Dr. Draves was a beloved dentist in private practice, in Monona Wis., for 35 years. He received a degree in Zoology from the UW-Madison in 1950 and went on to Marquette Dental School receiving his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) in 1954. He and Catherine met in Madison but did not find each other until years later when they met again at a Badgers football game. They were married in Milwaukee, on June 23, 1954, at Marquette University. Prior to becoming a dentist he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945, where he served in World War II with U.S. occupational forces, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946 after receiving the Medal Meritorious Unit Award, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal of Good Conduct and Army of Occupation Medal Japan. Dr. Draves spent the time he had for relaxation with his family in Nekoosa, Wis., where together they built their cottage home on Lake Camelot. The family enjoyed toppling trees, waterskiing and became charter members of the Shermalot Ski Team. Dr. Draves was also a Freemason and member of the Scottish Rite’s Pipes and Drums Corp for 20 years. He also served as president of the Optimist Club of East Madison. After his retirement Dr. Draves and wife, Catherine escaped the cold Wisconsin winters by living in Sun City West, where they golfed, danced and enjoyed the fellowship of other retirees. A family memorial service will be held at ST. JOHN NEUMANN CHURCH in Eagan, Minn., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. His remains will rest in Sun City West, Ariz., next to daughter, Diane.