Leonard “Len” Ray Draving, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in his residence.
Len was born January 21, 1934 in Peru, Indiana to Floyd and Florence and died February 19, 2019,
leaving behind the love of his life, Beth, and their three sons.
Len married the former Elizabeth Ann Schneider on June 21, 1957 after meeting at a fraternity party at
Ball State University. She, an Alpha Sigma Alpha already pinned to another fellow, couldn’t resist the quiet yet very intelligent wooing of Sigma Tau’s finest tennis player.
After graduating from college but continuing further education, Len and Beth eventually moved to
Michigan where they each became teachers. Ultimately, Len retired from his classroom at Warren
Cousino, 46 years after he began teaching. Having spent years as chair of the Chemistry Department, he
was honored with the Warren Education Association Teacher of the Year Award, a recognition of which
Len was particularly proud because it came from the teachers themselves.
Education was not merely Len’s profession, but, as he often stated, his favorite investment. Whether it
was for his sons, grandchildren, or the families he and Beth sponsored on their many extended trips to
Mexico over the years, their generous funding of tuition and books provided just the motivation for
countless students to succeed, to become something they may have thought was not possible. Teaching,
Len said, was the profession that allowed others to have one.
Upon retirement, Len and Beth returned to Indiana and settled on Chapman Lake in Warsaw. Len
continued his passion for chemistry by working in conjunction with Chapman Lake Conservation Club to
monitor the water quality for the lake he loved. Many trips around the lake on the pontoon boat with
several kids and grandkids in tow became priceless memories. The kids finally got to see and experience
Pee Island for themselves. When a lucky fish successfully got the worm but missed the hook, he’d
comment, “Well, Mr. Draving got cleaned out!”
The birds of Chapman Lake were indeed among God’s most fortunate creatures. A recent interest led to
Len providing shelter for local martins in his 24-gourd martin house. He doggedly chased away sparrows
hunting for their eggs, and ultimately fostered 64 fledglings by the end of Summer, 2018.
Len and Beth’s adventures took them all over the world, but he was never happier and no place was
better than home.
Their three sons, affectionately nicknamed “The M& M Boys,” survive him: Michael (Leanne) of White
Lake, Michigan; Mitchell (Joan) of Lantana, Texas; and Matthew (Amy) of Bloomfield Township, Michigan.
Len will be dearly missed by grandchildren Ashleigh, Austin (Kiera), Justin, Nicholas, Emily, Colin,
William, Joseph (fiancé Maria) and Ella. Sister Mary Landes, sister-in-law Patricia Hill, and many cousins,
nieces and nephews
The family wishes to particularly thank Jerry Eaton, whose selfless and eager help these past many
months has been invaluable. Jerry showed the kind of neighborliness often mentioned, but seldom
Len’s usual message when saying goodbye to his sons, daughters-in-law and grandkids was, “Be good.” To honor him, consider making a positive change today: Repay a debt (or, better yet, someone else’s debt),
tend to an animal, reach out to the less fortunate or extend a kindness to a stranger while expecting
nothing in return.
A Christian service will be held on Saturday February 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, Indiana. Father Jonathan Norton will be officiating. Visitation with family and friends will also be on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to the time of the service (noon) at the funeral chapel. Interment will be private.
There will be a celebration of Len’s life in southeastern Michigan in the spring. Date and time to be determined.
The family is requesting that the memorial contributions be made to either of the following organizations; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 381101-9908 or Smile Train, PO Box 96231 Washington, D.C. 20090-6231 both of which were special to Len and Beth and recipients of their support over the years.