Benjamin Eugene Drabing, age 86, of French Lick, Indiana, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021.
He was born in Orange County, Indiana on July 17th, 1934 to Fred Drabing and Fern (Beaty) Drabing.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents and (1) Half Brother – Ronald “Butch” Schmutzler.
He was a 1952 graduate of French Lick High School and following high school enrolled at Indiana College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1957 where he then served his apprenticeship with Finn Funeral Home in Kokomo, Indiana. Upon completion of mortuary school, Ben married Darlene Englert on November 23rd, 1957. After the death of his stepfather, Ben Schmutzler, they moved back home to French Lick and became partners with Ray and Norma Brosmer where they owned Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home for decades.
Ben was an active member of Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church and had served on the Springs Valley School Board for 24 years. He had been a member of the Springs Valley Exchange Club, the French Lick Sons of the American Legion Post 76, had served on the French Lick Redevelopment Commission and was one of the founding members of the French Lick Flying Club.
He had many hobbies which included fishing, hunting, bowling, golf, music, sports, flying air planes and watching classic western movies. His love for music led him to play the tenor saxophone with the Glen Paxton Band at the French Lick Sheraton Hotel for many years. He then branched off to create his own band where he sang and entertained at many different functions and occasions.
Ben loved his family and friends and enjoyed life to the fullest.
He is survived by:
His wife of 63 years Darlene Drabing French Lick, Indiana
(3) Sons Dodd Drabing of Kingwood, Texas
Drew Drabing (Patty) of French Lick, Indiana
Darin Drabing (Helen) of Sierra Madre, California
(6) Grandchildren Daniel Hagan, Lauren Morrison, Leigh Drabing, Skyler Drabing, Hayley Drabing, and Logan Drabing.
(2) Great-Grandchildren Luke and Charlotte
The funeral will take place on Friday, March 5th, 2021 at Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church in French Lick, Indiana.
A Eulogy lead by Mike and Jim O’Connell will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. conducted by
Father Joseph B. Moriarty.
His ashes will be interred at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in a private ceremony at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Ben’s memory be made to Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church, 8796 W. State Road 56, French Lick, IN 47432
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Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, French Lick, Indiana. 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website – www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com.