Ralph "Sam" Drum
Ralph "Sam" Drum passed away peacefully at the West Wind Village in Morris on March 10, 2009, at the age of 90. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. The family will receive visitors for one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope, Minn. on March 23. Memorials are preferred.
Ralph Drum was born in Carlos Township to Everett and Hattie (Kingstone) Drum on March 29, 1918. Ralph, also known as Sammy to his family, grew up on land that is now Carlos State Park. He rode the rails as a teen, going to the west coast, Iowa and North Dakota to work as a farm laborer. At the age of 16, Ralph and his brother Donald joined the Conservation Corps to clear forests in northern Minnesota. He ended up being the "Golden Glove" boxing champ for the camp.
In May of 1942, Ralph married Josephine Ritten in Abilene, Texas. Following that, Ralph entered the Army and served in the European Theatre, earning a Purple Heart, three Oak Leaf Clusters, a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars. Upon his discharge, Ralph moved to Hoffman and started Drum Plumbing and Heating. However, Ralph re-enlisted in the Army and moved his family to Sttugard, Germany. When they returned to the states, the family lived in Miltona, then Parkers Prairie where they bought the Gamble Store. Ralph also served as Parkers Prairie postmaster for a time. In 1969, he moved the family to the Twin Cities, where he worked for the University of Minnesota, then Control Data.
When Josephine died in 1982, Ralph moved to Brownsville, Texas, then to Apache Junction, Ariz., and Wake Forest, N.C., before moving to Morris.
Ralph always loved to travel and "get on" to the next adventure. Throughout his life, he traveled to 48 states, a dozen countries and three continents.
Ralph is survived by his son Gary and wife Darlene Drum of Morris; daughters Rebecca Drum and her husband Kenny Jerzak of Hudson, Wisc.; and Lisa and husband Ken Schwab; eight grandchildren: Brian Magnuson, Sheila (Mark) Thompson, Kevin (Helen) Magnuson, Naomi (Dean) Lundin, Chad Drum, Katie Jo Jerzak, Patrick Schwab and Kaitlin Schwab; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother Donald Drum of Minneapolis; two sisters: Irene (Oscar) Lindgren of Hoffman, and Grace (JR) Hohnholt of Commerence City, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his wife Josephine; his oldest daughter Marcella and her husband Jerry Magnuson; grandson Loren (Jill) Magnuson; his parents Everett and Hattie Drum; a sister Dorothy Iverson and brothers Harold and Walter Drum.