Oscar Joseph Druml
April 24, 1916 - Aug. 3, 2007
Oscar Joseph Druml, 91, of Brookfield, was born to eternal life Friday, Aug. 3, 2007.
He was a resident of Brookfield for more than 58 years - before it became a city - and raised Shetland ponies and American saddle bred horses at Heather Heights Farm on Pilgrim Road. In 1947, he married the former Ann Brandt, and the couple had six children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He graduated in 1940 from Marquette University College of Engineering with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. For five years during World War II, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Later, he founded The Druml Co. Inc., and was a general contractor for many state projects. The firm received state and national recognition for construction of major engineering projects, among them the Daniel Webster Hoan Memorial Bridge, the Marquette Freeway Interchange bridge, the Capitol Drive Interchange bridge, the Burleigh Railroad Structure Underpass at Highway 100, water and sewage treatment plants in Oak Creek and Brookfield and many sidewalks in the region. Druml was a member of the Associated General Contractors, Brick Layers Federation Union-Masons No. 8, The Goethe Haus, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Milwaukee Athletic Club, along with numerous other building and civic organizations.
For five decades, Druml was a proponent of private enterprise, always striving to improve public relations for the construction industry. He worked unceasingly on a local and state level to maintain and improve labor-management within the community. In 1980, he received the Pioneer Award for long and dedicated service as a general contractor from the Association of General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee.
Oscar and Ann were founding members of the Marquette University Legacy Society, and he was a member of other groups at the university. The Drumls were the first recipients of the Marquette University Service Award presented to a couple in 1980.
Druml was a charter member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wauwatosa.
He was a ski enthusiast and enmeshed that with his heritage when he and his family skied the Austrian Alps. In 1978, he was felled by an aneurysm that left him clinically dead, though he recuperated after a four-month coma and prayer-filled recovery and rehabilitation.
He is survived as the beloved husband of 60 years to Ann (nee Ethelann Brandt) Druml; loving father of Therese (William) Burkhart, Gregory Druml, Thomas (Elizabeth Wenzler) Druml, David (Linda Knight) Druml, Margaret (James) Boyle and Daniel (Mary Brennan) Druml; proud grandfather of Joseph (Shannon), Sarah and Anne Burkhart, Andrea and Caroline Druml, Lauren Druml, Bridget, Colleen, Kevin and Maureen Boyle, Grace, Clare and Ann Druml; and great-grandfather of William Burkhart. Also surviving him are other relatives and friends.
Services were held with a private family burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Pewaukee.
Memorials in his name are appreciated to Marquette University College of Nursing for the Ann Brandt Druml Scholarship.
Becker Ritter Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 782-5330 or visit online at www.beckerritter.com.