David Drath

David A. Drath

Monday, October 6th, 1958 - Sunday, March 7th, 2021
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David A. Drath, 62 years old of Kenosha, WI passed away Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Hospice Alliance Hospice House, Pleasant Prairie, WI surrounded by his family.

He was born October 6, 1958, in Kenosha, WI the son of the late Herman “Bud” and Grace (Carlsen) Drath.

Dave had a caring and helpful personality; he worked for over 20 years as a nurse’s aide at Southern Colony, Union Grove, WI. His interests included stained glass work, gardening, and feeding the local birds. Dave also enjoyed helping his partner in furniture refinishing and fixing up his childhood home in Kenosha, a task that he took much pride in. He looked forward to their annual parties; Christmas in July, where all the guests wore white and brought charitable gifts and a Christmas (in December) party, in which the guests brought food donations for ARCW and Women’s Horizons as well as toys for children in need.

Survivors include his partner of 32 years, Neil Allen Zeltinger; two brothers, Jim Drath and John Drath, both of Pleasant Prairie, WI; a niece Jenni (Ryan) Ade; a great-nephew, Grayson Ade; and many cousins.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Proko Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the funeral home with interment to follow in Sunset Ridge Memorial Park, Kenosha, WI. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to Hospice Alliance or the LGBT Center of Southeastern Wisconsin, Racine, WI, in his memory.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 11th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, March 11th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Facial coverings are required and social distancing is strongly encouraged.
  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 12th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Friday, March 12th, 2021 10:00am
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Facial coverings are required and social distancing is strongly encouraged.
    Rev. Gary Green
  • Interment

    Friday, March 12th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, March 12th, 2021 11:00am
    Sunset Ridge Memorial Park
    4300 Green Bay Road
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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Shelley MacGregor

Posted at 09:55pm
In the summer of 1979, I came home from my sophomore year in college and returned for the last time to my job at KMart in Zion. I had had a couple good friends there, but there was a new manager who decided on sight that he didn't like me. My old friends both had career aspirations with KMart and quickly distanced themselves from me. Lucky me, I met David and Hugh Held, both working in the shoe department, which I passed at least twice a day on the way to the time clock. I started hanging out with them and some others at The Shack, where I was accepted, sometimes welcomed; always tolerated. David and his friends were the island of friendship and camaraderie that got me through that summer and beyond. Thank you David. If my photo ever comes through, it's from that summer of 1979.

Brian Olson

Posted at 08:48pm
Condolences to family, Neil, and friends. I remember David from the old Bradford HS when he was a Jr and I was a Sr in 1975. He was so much fun to talk to, dance with at the local club back when disco was all the rage, and party with at Neil's apartment. I will miss him much.

Courtney Bjorn

Posted at 08:33am
What a beautiful, sweet, generous & kind man, taken too soon. Such a loss to friends and family, and also the community. Thankful for fun times filled with smiles, and silliness, and Jell-O shots! Will be so missed by all! My love to all who knew him, and especially to Neil....hugs and kisses my friend...hugs & kisses!

Robert & Nancy Wells

Posted at 06:52am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Neil on the loss of your beloved David. He will live on in the hearts of all who had the good fortune to have come in contact with him.

Karen Vena

Posted at 03:50pm
I remember meeting David for the first time and feeling like I had known him for years. David's smile and personality had a way of making people feel welcome. He always spoke with warmth and pride of his years working at Southern Colony. David will be sadly missed.

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