"Composed by my sister Anita Drost Schumaker - Greer, S.C."
Drost, Edward of Flint, Michigan took his final journey from this Earth on March 10, 2010 at 85 years of age. Born in Highland Park, Michigan on October 10, 1924, he was the second son of Dutch immigrants Alexander Hugo Drost and Cornelia Johanna Petronella Meeuwig Drost.
A good man of integrity and strong convictions, he led a full and rich life on his own terms. Photographer, artist, draftsman, designer, he possessed great talent and held himself to the highest standards executing all he did with precision and exacting detail. He could design, build and repair most anything. His mind never rested as it constantly churned through ideas for and solutions to his many varied projects. Edward was always ready for an adventure. Being “on the road again” was one of his greatest joys. He held an immense appreciation and excitement for the beauty and wildlife of the natural world which he captured during his many travels in brilliant photography.
Edward entered an apprenticeship at GMI in 1938 at the age of 14. In June 1941, he secured employment at age 16 at Chevy in the Hole where he continued his apprenticeship. He was employed by General Motors for over 38 years first as a tool and die maker and then as a tool and die designer spending the majority of his career at AC Spark Plug on Dort Hwy in Flint. He married Beatrice Ann Rousseau Drost Devlin on September 1, 1945 at the close of WW II. Together they raised a family of three children. He communicated his immense love for his children in uncountable ways. He was always there for them no matter the need as role model, mentor, teacher, advisor, confidant, friend, companion. In Janet E. Shaffer, whom he married on May 17, 1985, he found a partner with whom he shared his love of life’s adventures whether it be salmon fishing in Alaska or cross country skiing to a remote cabin in northern Michigan, their treks were wide and numerous, fun and exhilarating. Through the years, and up until the very end, Janet tended to his every need with patience and selfless devotion all the while humoring and encouraging him. With no extended family in this country, Edward held a special lifelong bond with his brothers and sisters, one forged through times of hardship and happiness; they “played, laughed, cried and argued, but always remained close.”
Edward leaves behind his wife, Janet E. Shaffer Drost of Flint; children, Anita Rae Drost Schumaker (husband Steven) of Greer, South Carolina, Barbara Louise Drost Monaweck of Kalamazoo, James Edward Drost of Monroe; grandchildren, Kyle Steven Schumaker, Paige Ann Schumaker, April Louise Monaweck and Alex Dale Monaweck; sister, Nellie Janet Drost Myers of Minocqua, Wisconsin; brother, John Raymond Drost (wife Lee) of Flushing; and brother-in-law, Charles Eugene Claffey of Grand Blanc. He was predeceased by brother William (Billy) Drost; sisters, Margaret Louise Drost Claffey and Viola Jane Drost Patridge; and brothers-in-law, Addison Myers and Donald Patridge. Janet’s family includes her children, Lou Ellen Fecher (husband Julian), Susan Droscha (husband David), Nancy Anne Blakemore (husband Nate) and Arnold D. Shaffer, II; and grandchildren, Amanda Fecher, Jessica Fecher, Andrew Droscha, Kelly Droscha, Cole Droscha, Justin Blakemore, Tiffnay Blakemore, Allie Marie Blakemore, Stacy Shaffer and Paul Shaffer all of Michigan and, deceased grandson Aaron Droscha.
Husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend; he leaves us and becomes one with the natural world he so loved. His spirit is now part of the majesty of every sweeping mountain vista from the Tetons to Denali, the saturation of rosy dawns and golden sunsets, the gurgling of rocky mountain streams, the quiet whisper of wind through all those artistic pine trees, the luminosity of each flower, the sparkle of winter’s fresh snowfalls and, of course, in the vibrancy of every photograph he ever took. But most of all, he lives on within the very fabric of our hearts for love leaves behind much more than death can ever take away,
The family would like to extend their thanks to McLaren Visiting Nurse and Hospice, and especially to Melissa Hall, for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Visiting Nurse and Hospice or the organization of your choice. A memorial service is not planned. Cremation will take place.