Obituaries of DFA Members and Loved Ones

Updated ~~ February 13, 2017

Eli Victor Draggoo (Lt. Col., USAF, Retired) passed away November 15, 2002 in Seattle, WA. He was born January 24, 1921 in Yakima, WA, the son of Eli Peter Draggoo and Mary E. (Kerwin) Draggoo. Siblings included Charles, Clayton, Maxine (all three deceased) and Beatrice (Draggoo) Stokes, still living in Kennewick, WA as of this writing (January 20, 2017).

Vic, as he was known, married Frances Louise (Cathey) Draggoo and they had four children: Thomas Eli, Roy K, Jim E, and Vicki Eileen (Draggoo) Hoffman. Frances is now 93 and lives alone and doing well in Chelan, WA.

Dad was never much for genealogy in spite of the unusual name of Draggoo. In his words, "I was afraid I would find a skeleton in the closet, a relative I couldn't be proud of" but he always said it with a twinkle in his eye.

Dad was surrounded by family when he passed away. We are a singing family; the hospital chaplain felt constrained to inform us that death was a solemn occasion and perhaps we were having too much fun around Dad's deathbed. That wasn't Dad's way, and we respectfully disagreed musically. Dad died a happy and much-loved man.

Norma Jean Zeller of Angels Camp died Sunday, May 2, 2010, in San Andreas. She was 83.

Born Oct. 16, 1926, Mrs. Zeller was a resident of Angels Camp and a former resident of Valley Springs, but spent most of her life in her native town of Stockton. She graduated from Stockton High School and married Aug. 8, 1945, six days before the end of World War II. She was a proud Army Air Corps officer's wife. Her employment outside the home included working for a wholesale hardware firm, her husband's meat market and an anesthesiology group. She was a Boy Scout den mother, Little League team mom, DeMolay mom and schoolroom mother. A superb cook and hostess, she also maintained a beautiful home. She made the best piecrust ever.

She was a friend and confidante to many. Her sister-in-law, Linda, is especially grateful for her guidance. She adored her children and grandchildren and was extremely proud of her entire family, for whom she was an inspiration and a role model. She kept up with current events and liked to talk politics. She was strong, independent and progressive. She was a San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan and loved to watch golf. She was an Oak-land Raiders fan before they moved to Los Angeles. Usually good-natured and quick to laugh, she would give fair warning when to get out of her way by slamming the kitchen cupboard doors. She enjoyed a Manhattan or martini at the end of the day.

Mrs. Zeller's ancestors arrived in the U.S. in the 1600s, and she was descended from members of the Murphys-Stevens-Townsend party, who crossed the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in 1844 through what would become Donner Pass. Some of those early California family immigrants settled for a time in Murphys, so she felt like coming to Calaveras County to live out her life completed a circle – like coming home.

She is survived by sons William “Bill” Richard Zeller Jr. of Yuba City and Rand Robert Zeller of Valley Springs and their wives, Gennis and Muriel, who she regarded as daughters; grandchildren Aaron, Genanne, Matthew, Caitlyn and Holly; and great-grandchildren Gracen, Ollie and Kyan. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, William “Bill” Richard Zeller Sr.; parents Holly and Bertha Dragoo; and brother Donald Dragoo.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 21, at Stockton Rural Cemetery, 2350 Cemetery Lane, Stockton, where her ashes will be interred next to her husband. Relatives and friends may honor her life and memory by making a donation to their favorite charity.

Her ancestry: Holly Carl DRAGOO & Bertha Elizabeth LUCAS/ John Arthur DRAGOO & Belle Zora PATTERSON/
Michael Sylvester DRAGOO & Mary Ellen CATHCART/ Jacob DRAGOO & Isabella JONES/
John DRAGOO & Elizabeth STRAIGHT

DFA member Louise Sinclair was a dear friend and founding member of the the Dragoo Family Association and passed away on March 23, 2008. Louise Sinclair's ability and dedication to family research, documentation and communication was something we can all hold up as an inspiring example. Her family has generously requested that contributions in her name be made to the Dragoo Family Association. She leaves a legacy of fellow Dragoo descendants who will miss her greatly.

If you would like to leave a note of condolence for Louise's family or read her obituary, please click here to visit the funeral home's web site. Her obituary is copied below:

Louise Sinclair
April 10, 1920 - March 23, 2008

Louise Sinclair, 87, of New Martinsville, formerly of Middlebourne, departed this life Sunday March 23, 2008 in Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville. She was born April 10, 1920 in Luray, KS a daughter of the late Mortimer and Angella Rose Dragoo.

Louise was a graduate of Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. She received her Masters Degree from Adams State College, Alamosa, CO in 1972.She taught history and specialized in teaching remedial reading. She was editor of Dragoo Family Newsletter which has members throughout the United States. She was a member of Mensa International where she edited the newsletter in 1980. She was active in the Tyler County Museum. In 2003 she received the History Hero Award from the WV Legislature. In 2003 she also was chosen as Middlebourne Citizen of the year. She was a member of the Middlebourne Methodist Church, Middlebourne.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother Edgar Dragoo. Three sisters; Catherine Billings, Elizabeth Krueger and Margaret Smedley.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth Sinclair. Two sons; Robert Sinclair and his wife Frances of Lafayette, CO and James Sinclair and his wife Martha of Cincinatti, OH. A sister Ruth Cloud of Lawrence, KS. There are four grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service Wednesday 3:00 pm at Spring Hill Cemetery, Joseph's Mills with Reverend Donald Thomas officiating. Interment in the cemetery to follow.

Sympathy expressions may be offered to the family at

DFA member Marvin E. Baker passed away October 21, 2008. His obituary is copied below.

Birthplace: Frazeysburg, Ohio
Resided In: Newark, Ohio
Cemetery: Frazeysburg Cemetery

A funeral service for Marvin E. Baker, 77 of Newark will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Newark Chapel of Vensil-Orr & Chute Funeral Home with Father Stephen Metzger officiating. Burial will be in Frazeysburg Cemetery.
Mr. Baker passed away Tuesday morning at Flint Ridge Nursing Center in Newark. He was born May 26, 1931 in Frazeysburg to the late Merle and Ruth (Fisher) Baker.

Mr. Baker graduated from McConnellsville High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Licking County Historical Society and attended the Church of the Nativity. Mr. Baker enjoyed farming, woodworking, traveling, and virtually anything involving nature. He also enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Victalia M. (Garduno) Baker, whom he married June 5, 1954; daughters, Linda James of Newark, Patty Baker of Apopka, Fla., and Elaine Insinga of Dublin; a son, Max Baker and Cindy Sims of Newark; grandchildren, Melissa James and Jonathan James, both of Granville, Andrea Insinga and Kelly Insinga, both of Dublin, Rebecca Baker and Amanda Baker, both of Newark, Helena Stephenson of North Carolina; and a sister Marceline Kelley of McConnellsville. In addition to his parents, Mr. Baker was preceded in death by a brother, Loren Baker.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 1850 W. Main Street, Newark. A wake service will be at 8:00 p.m. following calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Marvin was a descendent of "Indian Billy" Dragoo.

Zulema Dare Dragoo Jaynes departed for her Heavenly Home on Wednesday, August 13, 2008, in Winter Garden, FL. Daughter of Otis Oscar and Hattie Marie Dragoo. Service was held at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek on August 16, 2008 with final resting place beside her beloved husband, Rev. Ralph Jaynes, in Orchard Hills Memory Gardens, Yawkey (Lincoln Co.), WV. Zulema had celebrated her 89th birthday on May 7th. She leaves behind three sisters: Myrtle Alford, Dora Jeffery, and Georgia Dragoo and brother: Oscar Dragoo. Two Daughters: Linda Jaynes Jacob and Brenda Jaynes Dunlap; three grandsons: Adam Dunlap, Michael Jacobs, and Mark Jacobs; and 3 great grandchildren.

Zulema's line was Otis O. & Hattie M. LOVEJOY DRAGOO, Elymus W. & Dora PERRILL DRAGOO, Mary L. DRAGOO, Ephraim & Elizabeth BALLAH DRAGOO, John & Elizabeth STRAIGHT DRAGOO.


DFA member, Joyce Rae McCrary, has informed us of the death of her brother, Purcell L. Rae on January 3, 2008 in Independence, MO. Normally called "Rae", he was born May 19, 1919. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and was a POW survivor from World War II. In addition to other activities, he was a member of the Ararat Shrine Club in Kansas City. His survivors are his wife of 60 plus years, Francis, one daughter Nancy Rae Perrin, one son Philip Lynn Rae, one grandson Dustin Rae, his sister, Joyce McCrary, one niece Diane Lagrone and one nephew Michael Rae McCrary.

Purcell L. RAE's line was Jack A. & Jessie M. DRAGOO RAE, William Jasper & Sarah R. ALLISON DRAGOO, James Madison & Narcissus DRAPER DRAGOO, John E. & Mary HUGHES DRAGOO, William E. and Temperance DICKERSON DRAGOO.


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