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Prominent Sikeston attorney dies at 74

Monday, May 24, 2004

SIKESTON -- Former Sikeston City Attorney Manuel Drumm died May 22, 2004. He was 74.

Born Nov. 11, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor H. Drumm, the family moved to Columbia, where he spent his childhood. In 1945, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business and a doctorate of Law in 1953, he served on the Board of Editors and Law Review. In 1953, he was admitted to the Missouri Bar.

On Sept. 5, 1953, he married Patricia Hayes. He then served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Jeffers, a minesweeper, headquartered in Charleston, S.C.

In 1955, Drumm moved to Sikeston to work at the Law Office of Blanton and Blanton. He established his own law practice, which is still in existence today. From 1957-1958, he served as the Scott County assistant prosecuting attorney. He was city attorney for Sikeston from 1958-1971 and 1973-1977. Drumm has also served as general legal counsel for the Sikeston Board of Municipalities since 1977. A member of the Scott County Bar Association, he served on the Missouri Bar Board of Governors from 1983-1985.

In 2003, he received the 50-Year Senior Counselor status from the Missouri Bar Association. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, survivors include: two daughters and one son-in-law, Jennifer Drumm Mitchell of Tulsa, Okla., and Susan Drumm and Brian McAuliffe of Northbrook, Ill.; one brother and his wife, Victor and Phyllis Drumm of Carmel, Calif., one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Gustin of Kansas City.; and nine grandchildren, Matthew Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, Melissa Mitchell, Scott Mitchell, Jennifer Mitchell and Justin Mitchell of Tulsa and Michael McAuliffe, Madeline McAuliffe and Andrew McAuliffe of Northbrook.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church. Following the service, the family will receive guests from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sikeston Country Club.

Nunnelee Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be sent to:

Missouri Delta Medical Center 1008 N. Main St. Sikeston, MO 63801


charity of the donor's choice.