Marc R. Drayer, 65, of Topeka, passed away on February 18, 2019.
Marc Randall Drayer was born to Howard and Marion (Ward) Drayer in Topeka Kansas at Stormont Vail Hospital on October 20, 1953. He was the middle child with an older brother and a younger sister.
He attended Potwin elementary school, Roosevelt junior high school, and Topeka High school. Only Topeka High school remains today. He attended Washburn University for two years.
He lived for a time in Fort Lauderhill Florida and returned to Topeka where he remained.
He was most recently employed at Walmart Super Center on Wanamaker road, where he was a valued member of the team.
He became a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church by his public profession of faith as Jesus Christ as Savior. He was a much loved and active member of the congregation. His knowledge of Ancient Greek and Hebrew allowed him to share a deeper understanding of Scripture. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and worshiped with him.
Marc was a talented and prolific writer who shared his gift freely to those around him.
Marc along with his family were at Washburn University on June 8th 1966 when an F5 tornado ripped through the campus. He was in the MacVicar chapel which fell in on itself. The family was lucky to survive. There is a picture of him entering Stormont Vail that was featured in the special edition of the Topeka Capital Journal, Look magazine and also the book And Hell Followed with It: Life and Death in a Kansas Tornado by Bonar Menninger
Marc is survived by his Sister Lynn (Drayer) Shirley, her husband Larry Shirley in Topeka, Kansas his niece in St. Paul, Minnesota and his Aunt and Uncle Laura (Ward) Barnes and William Barnes. He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother Howard Drayer, Marion (Ward) Drayer and his older brother Ralph Drayer.
The family will greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel. Private burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery at a later date.
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1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 New International Version (NIV)
Believers Who Have Died
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.