Tuesday, May 16, 2017 7:00 pm

LORAS DRILLING, 79, of St. Lucas, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., with family by his side. A memorial Mass is at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 22, at the St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 307 East Main Street, St. Lucas, with Rev. Kyle Digmann presiding. Burial is in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas, and also after 9:30 a.m., Monday morning at the church. There is a rosary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Due to the recent death of Joyce, the family suggests memorials to the Loras Drilling Memorial Fund, Box 205, St. Lucas, IA 52166. Loras is survived by his five children and spouses: Bev (Gary) Rustad of Decorah, Brian (Kelli) Drilling of St. Lucas, Tom (Chris) Drilling of St. Lucas, Laura (Steve) Busta of Fort Atkinson and Greg (Jess) Drilling of Waucoma; 13 grandchildren: Alex Rustad (Fiancée Jackie Tursso) of Rogers, Minn., Paige Rustad of La Crosse, Wis., Samantha (Morgan) Gage of Waucoma, Michael Drilling of St. Lucas, Eric and Evan Drilling of St. Lucas, Nicole (Brad) Winter of Protivin, Ryan, Emily and Carson Busta of Fort Atkinson, Sayler, Brennen and Ella Drilling of Waucoma; two great-granddaughters, Haven and Dailyn Gage; mother-in-law, Leona Croatt, Decorah; brothers and sisters and spouses: Darlyn Schmitt, Waucoma, Earl Jr. and Kathleen Drilling, Waucoma, Audrey Drilling, St. Lucas, Susie Pederson, Hastings, Minn. and Jack and Sue Drilling, Decorah; brother-in-law, Victor (Mary) Croatt, St. Lucas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Joyce, May 3, 2017; father and mother, Earl Sr. and Velma Drilling; father-in-law, Linus Croatt; brother, Daryl Drilling; brother-in-law, Luke Schmitt; nephew, Robert Croatt.

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