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Joan M. Drimmel
Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home in Atchison
Atchison, KS

Joan M. Drimmel, 86, Atchison, Kansas, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at her residence with her family at her side.

A private family memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home. A private burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Croix Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home.  Online condolences may be left at

Joan was born May 2, 1931, in Winthrop, Missouri, the daughter of Jesse and Regina (Yackie) Betts. She attended school in Atchison and graduated from Atchison High School.

She and Francis J. “Junior” Drimmel were united in marriage on July 26, 1950, in Van Burren, Arkansas. Mr. Drimmel preceded her in death on July 17, 2017.

Joan enjoyed visiting with customers that came to Drimmel’s service station. She enjoyed reading, cooking, taking frequent trips to the casino and taking care of her family. She formerly worked as a cook for the bowling alley and ran a restaurant on West 59 highway. Joan and her husband, Junior, opened Drimmel’s in 1965.

Survivors include a son Daryl (Marta) Drimmel, Atchison, Kansas, four sisters, Teresa Ernzen, Atchison, KS, Sharon Agee, St. Joseph, MO, Doris Holloway, St. Joseph, MO, Darlene O’Neill, Newton, KS, two grandchildren, Darin (Christina) Drimmel, Atchison, KS; Bridgette Drimmel, Goddard, KS; and two great grandchildren, Aidden and Leland Drimmel.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Walter Betts, Harold Betts, Kenneth Betts, Richard Betts, Robert Betts, two sisters, Barbara Freeman and Carol Lawrence.

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