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  • Ralph E. 'Sonny' Dreis

    Ralph E. 'Sonny' Dreis

Ralph E. ‘Sonny’ Dreis, 85

Jan. 28, 2015

Ralph E. 'Sonny' Dreis

Ralph E. ‘Sonny’ Dreis

Ralph E. “Sonny” Dreis, 85, of Engle­wood, passed away Wednes­day, Jan. 28, at his Char­lotte County residence.

Born on April 19, 1929, in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., he had been a res­i­dent of Engle­wood for 21 years com­ing from Hon­ey­brook, Pa. A mem­ber of the Painters Union 641 in Nor­ris­town, Pa., he retired in 1994. Sonny was a mem­ber of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 2378 and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1933, both of Englewood.

Sur­vivors include his lov­ing com­pan­ion of 16 years, Janette Scharn­horst of Engle­wood; one daugh­ter, Sherry Byers of Venice, Fla.; two sons, Robert Dreis of Nar­von, Pa., and Ralph Dreis of Boy­er­town, Pa.; eight grand­chil­dren and seven great-grandchildren.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Mon­day, Feb. 2, from at the Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Funeral Home, 3070 S. McCall Road.  Com­mit­tal and bur­ial will fol­low at Gulf Pines Memo­r­ial Park Cemetery.

Memo­r­ial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Tidewell Hos­pice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sara­sota, FL 34238 in mem­ory of Ralph Dreis

You may share a mem­ory with the fam­ily at www.englewoodfh.com