Glenn Max Drotts Obituary
Glenn Max Drotts died, at age 81 after living a full life of adventures.
Family man, beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, he gave his last adoring look to his wife Gail Drotts on September 30th at 5:37 am, true to himself, always bright and early.
He fought a short but strong unfair fight with cancer, but he would not have it anywhere different. He lived life strong, he liked things strong, from his women to his scotch.
He died surrounded by his wife. He would have wanted his kids there, as he loved them with all his heart and were his pride but Gail made sure they were represented. He is survived by his loving wife Gail Drotts of Port Isabel, TX, and his five children Brad Drotts of Topeka KS, Bonnie Fose of Salina KS, Derrick Drotts of Topeka KS, Doug Drotts of League City TX, and Dane Drotts of Chicago IL, his sister Lucy Clouse of Hutchinson MN and his many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family.
As strong as he was, he could never resist sweet kisses as much as he could not resist chocolate. His sweet tooth gave him away and as he will famously say there were only two kinds of pies he would eat “hot and cold”.
Glenn learned since he was little to earn things the hard way. He worked on his dairy farm in rural Kansas while raising his five kids with first wife Connie Drotts. For Glenn, there was never time to hang out. There was time to work and time to love, that left no other time. After a full day of work on Saturday, he will load all the kids will hop in the station wagon to head to Phillipsburg, Ks to the drive-in movie theater. He loved hunting and fishing with his dad Earl and his kids on the farm.
Working hard was a family business for Glenn, even if that meant that Bonnie will leave wet boots behind when getting stuck in mud just to keep up with the boys. He made sure his kids Brad, Bonnie, Derrick, Doug, and Dane were strong and tough but that they always knew they were loved.
Glenn was a man of diverse interests, he loved a simple life and never needed much for himself but he always wanted to be informed and stayed curious all his life. That curiosity led him to try to figure out how a tough cowboy will look with perm hair. A memory his kids found very hard to forget. He made sure he used the latest technology in his farming as well as real estate.
Whoever met him, would be very impressed with his work ethic. He never blinked at waking up at dawn in the Kansas winter, so much that you would think he loved the cold. Except when he retired, he found his paradise in Port Isabel Texas where he bragged about having no days under the 70’s.
Retirement did not slow him down, he continued to work from Texas impressing anybody that would see him bend down and lift weights in his late 70’s. The warm weather gave him the golden color that set so nicely with his blue eyes looking as handsome as always at 78.
Glenn was proud of how well he aged, he was strong, handsome, working out almost every day. He will cook some mean steaks and share with everybody how good were those stakes his son Dane loved to send him. Not that many men would be as fit as him at 80, so much that took not one but many tumors to bring him down.
Depending on the moment of life you talked to him, you will get long lessons on tractors, engines, oil, steaks, booze, Nascar, or politics. However little you could understand his technical farming lingo or agree or disagree on his loud political views, you could never resist his smile. He will say things that made you shake your head, and then followed it up with a smile that will melt your heart and so, he could get away with almost anything.
Of all the people he touched, both willingly and unwillingly, his most proud achievement in life was marrying his wife Gail Drotts who supported him during his heyday and lovingly supported him physically during the last days together.