Ely P. Drysten, 85, passed away peacefully Friday October 11, 2019 at Greenwich Farms Assisted Living, Warwick. He was the beloved husband of Joanne (Gering) Drysten for 64 years. Born in New York City, New York, he was the son of the late Peter and Mary (Bladen) Drysten. Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his children, Ely Drysten, Jr. and his wife Kristin, Deidre Castore and her husband John and Carissa Costello and her husband Tony. He was the grandfather of Carly Costello, Lisa Castore, John Castore, Jr. and Alexandria Ponzio.
Mr. Drysten was an electrical engineer design draftsman working on Black Hawk and Sea Hawk helicopters for Sikorsky Aircraft. He was an Army Veteran, serving as a tank driver in Germany.
Ely was an avid lover of sports. In 1954, he was named 1st Team All New York City for both baseball and soccer. He also played for the CBS Actors Guild Softball League with George C. Scott and Ben Gazzara as well as the Plateau Softball Team in Maspeth, NY. He also played for the Sikorsky Aircraft National Softball team playing in several world tournaments.
His funeral and VISITATION will be held Tuesday 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. from “WOODLAWN” Funeral Home 600 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary Church, Cranston. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Ann Cemetery.
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