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Jan "Yon" Drewniak, of Pickerel, died Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was 56 years old. He was born on May 17, 1959 in Wroclaw, Poland, a son of Teresa Drewniak of Antigo and the late Andrezej Drewniak. He married Kathy Ewig on July 27, 2004.

While in Poland he received his degree in electrical engineering. He moved to the United States in 1981. He was employed at Oki Telecommunications in Florida and Georgia he then moved to California and was employed by Sony and Qualcomm. He owned and operated the Sunset Bay Resort on Pickerel Lake for 15 years.

He enjoyed boating, skiing, mushroom picking and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed the company and all the good time he shared with his patrons at the resort.

In addition to his wife and mother survivors include two sons, Robert Drewniak of Pickerel, Michael (Megan) Drewniak of Milwaukee; daughter, Angel Drewniak of Pickerel; step-son, John Scott (Maria) Schey of Ironwood, MI; step-daughter, Heather Ann (Joseph) Bazille-Grisius; seven grandchildren, Gage, Aiden, Kayne, Nikoli, Rowan, Jensen and Corbin; and a sister-in-law, Cyndia Ewig of Merrill. He is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins in Florida.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, May 23 at Sunset Bay Resort beginning at 3 p.m.

The Bradley Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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Saturday, May 23 at Sunset Bay Resort, Pickerel beginning at 3 p.m.

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M Meghan Haas on May 22, 2015

I am honored I was able to call Jan dad. From the moment I walked into his life he accepted me and my boys as family. When Nikoli was not he was such a proud grandpa. He would speak to Nikoli in Polish and challenge Michael to say difficult Polish sayings. He would test me on my Polish. One time I brought Nikoli over in a brand new white outfit (I think it was Easter) and I left the room for a minute and came back to Jan feeding him raspberries and strawberries! Every year he would sing Bad to the Bone for me and when he forgot the lyrics he would make up his own.
If anyone has any stories they would be willing to share please friend me on Facebook so I can teach Jan's 3 yr old grandson and 10 year old daughter what a great man Jan was throughout his life!



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