DRYSDALE, Melvin Lawrence
Forever Together In Our Hearts
August 4, 1940 – September 11, 2023
Mel Drysdale was a Home Run Hitter. Early & Often. As a Catholic school boy playing for St.Agatha in the St Louis City Championship, Mel hit a Grand Slam to give his team the lead & then a 3-Run Homer for good measure. St Agatha won the Championship 7-2, but the newspaper headlines read: “DRYSDALE 7, Holy Rosary 2.”
A lifetime of Big Hits followed including, a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals organization respectfully refused in favor of a better offer from the Treasury Department of the Cardinals’ team owner Anheuser-Busch; volunteering to serve in the Air Force & mobilizing in the mountains of Colorado during the height of the Cold War & Cuban Missile Crisis nuclear threats; relentless & distinguished 7 days-a-week 40 year career with Anheuser-Busch; and simultaneous, successful entrepreneurial portfolio built to 100 real estate holdings.
But the biggest Home Run Mel ever hit was winning the Heart & Hand of Miss Budweiser 1961 — Ruthann Marie Wiese — who became Ruthann Marie Drysdale forever on September 14th, 1963. The only child of James & Anna Drysdale, Mel was immediately swept into the loving embrace of Ruthie’s extraordinary & extraordinarily large Wiese family, with Ruthie the 3rd of 13 children of Lawrence & Ida Wiese, that now branches to an extended family of more than 100 strong.
From Mel & Ruthie has grown a new, loving Drysdale family of 18, nurtured by the good soil of their commitment & sunshine of their Love: son Daniel and his wife Sandy and their children Matt, Nick, & Em; son Douglas and his wife Heidi and their son Jake; son David and his wife Pam and their children Kaylie & Colin; and daughter Melanie and her husband Ed and their children Liam & Alena.
Forever Grateful for the Gift of our time together, Mel & Ruthie shared a Life of passion & purpose that prioritized us & were truly, fully there for our biggest moments, smallest concerns, & all of Life in between.
Mel & Ruthie are Together again now & celebrated their Blessed 60th Wedding Anniversary this week on September 14th. Forever Together in HEAVEN. Forever Together in Our HEARTS. Forever GOLDEN.
Services: A Celebration of the Lives of Mel & Ruthie will be held at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten with Mass at St. Agatha Catholic Church at a date to be announced. Your Love, Prayers, & Stories are invited.
KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY SERVICE.