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Draplin Design Co., North America
October 14, 2013
Dad's Obituary
Posted at 12:52 PM


We all wrote this a couple days after dad passed…

How do you pack the beautiful, funny, wild, caring, compassionate, creative, loud, loving, laughing, happy life of James Patrick Draplin into this little space? It doesn’t do the man justice. Our dad is bigger than this little screen in so many ways.

James Patrick Draplin came into this world on February 1, 1943 and made a first-class exit on October the 13, 2013. Son to Joseph and Josephine; Brother to Robert (Christine, dec.) and Thomas (Barbara). Husband of 43 years to our beautiful mom, Lauren. Dad to Aaron, Sarah, Emily (dec.) and Leah. Uncle to many. Honorary dad to Pat, Mary, Mike, Terry, Kevin, Melodie, Christine, Leigh and Jacob. Honorary grandpa to Jordan, Shelby and Jake. The proud, beaming Papa to the light of his life, our little Oliver James.

Friend to EVERYONE. You, too.

Jim sold tools for a living, played Santa for kids, schools, companies and hospice to the point where he reached the upper echelon and played the downtown Traverse City gig, junked the finest of second hand stores, cut his “killer pizza” with gigantic scissors, rooted for the €˜Wings, Wolverines, Tigers and even the Lions, built wooden toys for children, shared an EXTENSIVE catalog of jokes, gave out free beer chips at the Cedar Polka Fest, loved his old cars, always had a hundred beers in the €˜fridge, abused “senior coffee” discounts for the last thirty years, gave wrong directions to Fudgies at the Cherry Festival, foraged for Petoskey stones, never quite figured out his damn cellphone, decorated elaborate wedding cakes, built beautiful “stuff birdhouses,” displayed masterful “Moby Kowalski” diving techniques, mooned friends and family often, had a beautiful wit, slathered wood glue on everything, grabbed enough mints to fill his pocket, held and kissed all the babies, could bullshit with the best of them, knew how to ferret out a good deal, donated to those in need, traveled with and to see his children, collected a little bit of everything and hated paying for taxes, parking, gas and ice.

Jim will be missed by everyone. Please join us in celebrating his life. Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 26, at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Church in Traverse City, where the family will receive friends for one hour prior. Additional laughs and memories can be shared starting at 1pm at the Traverse City VFW Hall on Veteran’s Drive.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oliver James Ashley College Savings Account at any Chase bank.

Leave a comment, memory or retelling of a joke Dad told at jimdraplin.com.

There Are 4 Comments

Tremendous! I hope that when my time comes I will have lived a life worthy of even half of that eulogy. Rest Well.

Posted by: MPR on 10/29/13 at 6:47 AM

Terribly sorry for your loss; our sincerest condolences to the Draplin family.

Posted by: Marc Handelman on 10/29/13 at 7:55 PM

I was so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. From just our one meeting at Creative South 2013 I could tell the impact that he had on your life and your love of family. Thinking about you during this time. If you were here, I would give you a big old hug, cook you an awesome southern meal at out loft, and we would enjoy it while sharing stories about our parents. Blessings, Sandy and Mark

Posted by: Sandy Ellingson on 10/30/13 at 7:25 AM

I wish I’d had the pleasure of knowing Jim. Im positive he was super proud of you, Aaron!
Best regards and condolences to you and your family. Stu and Mary Lovejoy, Flagstaff AZ

Posted by: Stu Lovejoy on 11/05/13 at 6:24 PM
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