Gary Paul Drazkowski, age 68, of Winona, succumbed to cancer peacefully at home with his daughter by his side on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
He is survived by his daughter: Bridget (Brad) Morgan; grandchildren: Allison and Emily; daughter-in-law: Tracey Drazkowski; grandchildren: Brad (Brittany), Jessica, Kaylee and Luke, and great-granddaughter: Grayce, all of Dubuque, IA; siblings: Dennis (Diane) Drazkowski, the Philippines; Lauri (Billy) Colflodt, Hereford, AZ; Debra Ramer, Fountain City, WI; Danelle (Eddie) Kujak, New Prague, MN; as well as many nieces and nephews that he loved as his own; and life-long family friend, Steve Cooker. He was preceded in death by his son, Brandon; father: Dennis M. Drazkowski; mother: Kathleen M. Nordrum; sister, Leilani Bogle; and brother, Jerome Drazkowski.
Gary graduated from and then taught at the Minneapolis School of Communication Arts, then worked in the control room for CVN-Cable Value Network, before launching a successful Karaoke business that lasted 25 years. Over the years, Gary was a member of the following bands: Gary and the Moonmen with Carleton Fish and Keith Springer; New Research; X-IT; Acorn Motel Band; and TSS – The Sensational Sixty’s Band. He also played with his father, Denny Martin (Drazkowski) in various Dixieland/Big-Band/Swing combos. He has brought many smiles to many people and is loved by so many.
A celebration of Gary’s life is being planned for a future date when we can gather safely, and will be announced later.
A special thank you to Hospice of Winona for being so kind and caring to Gary and family during such a difficult time.
Online condolences may be left for Gary’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
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