Draucker Funeral Home is a Third Generation business. Currently owned and operated by Craig M. Draucker, Draucker Funeral Home started out as the Stone Funeral Home of Ogallala, Nebraska. Craig's grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Draucker, purchased the Stone Funeral Home from Mr. & Mrs. L.R. Stone on March 22, 1951. Arnold was already a Licensed Funeral Director and had been managing the Davis Funeral Home in Cozad, Nebraska, prior to moving to Ogallala. They renamed the Stone Funeral home to Draucker Funeral Home in 1951.
Craig's father Jerome "Jerry" Draucker, joined the family Funeral Service after returning from the Navy during the Korean Conflict in 1954. Jerry completed his education at Nebraska Wesleyan University and the California College of Mortuary Science. Jerry and his wife Barbara purchased the Draucker Funeral Home from his parents in 1970. They raised their children, Lisa and Craig, in Ogallala. Jerry was active in the business until his death in July, 2010.
Craig M. Draucker, third generation Funeral Director, was born and raised in Ogallala. He joined the family as a licensed Funeral Director in 1991. Craig attended college at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO and completed his education at the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, Dallas, TX. Craig served his apprenticeship at the Apfel Butler Funeral Home in Grand Island, NE. He managed the Kucera Funeral Home in Schuyler, NE until joining the family business. Craig, his wife Traci, also an Ogallala native, and their three daughters, reside in Ogallala.
Evelyn "Evie" K. Dunn, Evie is Craig's "Girl Friday". She manages the front office and performs a variety of duties for Draucker Funeral Home. Evie joined Draucker Funeral Home in 1996. Prior to that, she was a co-owner of a local flower shop for sixteen years, during which time she raised her two children, a son and a daughter. Evie is not a western Nebraska native, but she is a Native Nebraskan. She was raised in eastern Nebraska. She graduated high school in 1964 and moved to western Nebraska in 1972. She came to Ogallala in 1977. She is a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Ogallala and serves on the finance board and altar guild. Evie married Joe Dunn February 15, 1997.
Joe Dunn, Evie's husband, is a retired plasterer and dry wall finisher. While raising six sons he resided in several states including Cal., Nev., and Idaho. He relocated to Nebraska in 1991. In 1998 Joe began assisting during funeral services, and has become the "Man Friday" being an extra driver, helping with repairs and maintenance, and providing assistance around the Funeral Home. Joe is a member of Radiant Life Assembly of God and has served as a deacon.