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Paynesville Press - November 3, 2004

Ex-Paynesville police chief loses battle with cancer

By Michael Jacobson

Former police chief Bill Drager Bill Drager, who served in the Paynesville Police Department for 23 and a half years, including three and a half years as police chief, died last week following a three-year battle with cancer.

Drager was born in Paynesville in 1942 and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1960. Following a two-year stint in the Navy, he returned to Paynesville and worked in private industry for ten years. He joined the Paynesville Police Department in November 1973 and worked as a police officer until his retirement in May 1997. He was sworn in as police chief in September 1993 and served as chief for three and a half years, until his retirement.

Drager also worked as a constable in Paynesville Township and served as the civil defense director for Paynesville. He was also active in the Paynesville American Legion. In retirement, he worked at A&C Farm Equipment in Paynesville and served as caretaker of two senior housing complexes in Paynesville: Evergreen Estates and Greenwing Estates.

Drager, along with his wife of 39 years, Sue, were selected as grand marshals for Town and Country Days in 1999.

Drager was survived by his wife; two daughters; a sister; and three grandchildren. His full obituary can be found online.

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