A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point, with Deacon Dwaine Habrat officiating.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. Thursday until the service.
Condolences may be offered online at bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Drifka was born April 23, 1937, in Milwaukee, a son of the late Joseph and Alice (Wanta) Drifka. He grew up in the area and attended St Adalbert Catholic Grade School in Milwaukee. His family later moved to Stevens Point where he attended St. Stanislaus Catholic Grade School. He graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1955.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
He was married to Donna Knolinski in 1957. They later divorced.
He was married to Andrea Waterson on June 22, 2000.
He worked at the One Stop Sport Shop for a number of years before becoming employed with Consolidated Papers-River Division. After 40 years of service, he retired from there in 1997 as a machine supervisor.
Survivors include his wife, Andrea, Stevens Point; six children, Wayne Drifka, Duluth, Minn., Carrie (James) Blaskowski, Avondale, Ariz., Stacy Drifka, Stevens Point, Corey Drifka, Marshfield, Ryan Drifka, Plover, and Lori Waterson, Stevens Point; one sister, Carol Orlik, Stevens Point; one brother, William (Patti) Drifka, Stevens Point; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.