John G. Drummer

Jul 21, 1940 - Sep 26, 2013

John G. Drummer, 73, of Port Clinton, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton.

He was born July 21, 1940, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Civilla Elizabeth (Schmit) and Charles Gordon Drummer. On April 25, 1964, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton, he married Kathleen L. Souter and she survives.

John worked at Clinton Auto Parts for 25 years and Smith Automotive for 19 years. As if his work wasn’t enough to keep him busy, John had 35 years of active service for the Port Clinton Volunteer Fire Dept. and also served his country for six years as a jet engine mechanic for the 180th Tactical Fighter Group of the Air National Guard, based in Toledo, Ohio.

John began his career with the fire department on March 10, 1961, was promoted to Lieutenant in 1972, Captain in 1975, Assistant Chief in 1977 and was the Chief for 17 years from 1979 until his retirement on July 12, 1996. John also served the residents of Portage Township, as the local fire official - all while working full time.

He was instrumental in forming mutual aide agreements between Ottawa County fire departments. Under his leadership, Port Clinton was one of the first departments in the county to conduct training sessions, and organized the first Arson Investigation Team. John trained personnel in arson detection/fire investigation, identification and recognition of hazardous materials, radiological monitoring, and severe weather monitoring. He was the liaison for the county fire departments during state and local disasters, including Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station training and drills. He took the department from a three-truck to a five-truck department, including a ladder truck plus an amphibian lark, four boats, trailer for diving for drowning victims to rescue, and trained three divers for this purpose.

John was a charter member of the Port Clinton Emergency Medical Service, Ottawa County Fire and EMS Chiefs Association, where he served two terms as president of Executive Board, Ottawa County Public Safety Radio Users Group chairman from 1987 to 1997, Ottawa County Enhanced 911 Committee, Ottawa County Emergency Operations Center Fire and EMS Liaison, and Ottawa County Arson Investigation Team.

A plain spoken, family man, John will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.

In addition to his devoted wife of 49 years, Kathy, John is survived by his loving daughters, Amy Drummer and Annie Drummer; sisters, Anna Marie (Tom) Schweiterman, Ruth McAvoy, Barbara Nickloy, Doris (Carl) Willert, Judy Drummer, Sue (Dan) Grayson, and Paula (Mark) Potterf; brother, Eugene Drummer; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton, where a Fireman’s Memorial Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, by Father John Missler, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in memory of John be given to the Magruder Hospital Cardiac Rehab Center, or the Port Clinton Firefighter’s Association.

Condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.