Neal E. Drummer


LaMOILLE – Neal Eugene Drummer, 87, of LaMoille, passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at the First Congregational Church in LaMoille, with Rev. Paul Butler officiating. Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery, LaMoille. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 8 from 4-7 p.m. at the church. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling arrangements.

Neal was born July 30, 1936, on the family farm in LaMoille to Eugene and Lenore (Rambo) Drummer.

Neal is survived by his three sisters, Suzi Gott, Linda Jensen and Clarice Bend; nieces and nephews; and special friends, George McCollum and Sergio Carillo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Greg and Terry.

Neal graduated from LaMoille High School in 1955. He was employed by LaMoille School District until his retirement. He was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church in LaMoille and a member of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club in Sycamore and Central States Thresherman’s Reunion Club in Sycamore. He was also active with other tractor shows in Will County, Geneseo and Bos Brothers Historical Farm. For 30 years, using a steam engine, he helped heat the water on Sunday’s corn serving for the annual Mendota Corn Sweet Corn Festival. Neal was a member of the Chestnut Light Artillery and was involved in several Civil War re-enactments.

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