Wayne Drexel

Wayne Drexel, 78, Tripoli, entered into eternal life on Dec. 4, 2023 after battling cancer. Wayne was born Aug. 22, 1945, son of the late Harry and Eleanor Drexel. On Feb. 28, 1976 he was united in marriage to Linda Baker at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Tripoli. Wayne and Linda resided in Fond du Lac most of their married life, spending much of their free time at their cabin in Tripoli. In 1966, Wayne enlisted in the Army, serving as small arms specialist. After being discharged, he worked on the Chicago North West railroad as a fireman. He joined the Plumber & Steamfitters Union Local 206, Fond du Lac, Wis., where he earned the nickname Super. After his retirement from the Union, he worked on the many in-process projects around their house and cabin.

Wayne and Linda built their home in Fond du Lac and lived there for 40 years. They downsized in 2021, moving to their cabin in Tripoli to enjoy the lake life full-time. Wayne adored his grandchildren. Though we called him Grumpy Grandpa, his gruff exterior held a big softy. Every Christmas gift opened, will be opened in anticipation of underwear. He found great joy in the company of his beloved dogs Annie, Willy and Leo. He will be in our hearts forever.

Survivors include wife, Linda Drexel; five children, Dan (Shelly) Drexel, Darren Weber, Jennifer (Doug) Lokemoen, Heather (Jay) Berres, Dustin (Cassy) Drexel; one brother, Roy (Kay) Drexel; Aunt Jean (the late Dick) Gerber; Uncle Bill (the late Betty) Drexel; six grandchildren include Taryn (Jordan) Corrado, Cidney (Cole) Gustke, Kiara Drexel, Rheagan and Jackson Berres, and Jareth Drexel; one great-granddaughter, Sawyer Corrado.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ron; and sister-in-law, Judy.

A special thank you for the loving and compassionate care Wayne received while staying at Rennes Health and Rehab. What a “labor of love” all of you provided when it was so sorely needed. Thank you, also, to the Hospice Professionals at Interim Healthcare who so unselfishly and devotedly provided so much comfort and peace. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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