With his brothers, Drury started the hotel business in 1973. The company's website says the St. Louis-based business now has 5,000 employees and more than 150 locations in 25 states.
Drury Hotels said in a statement to the Southeast Missourian newspaper that "our company's culture has been greatly shaped and influenced by the creativity and passion Mr. Drury contributed with every waking moment.
"His vision and leadership helped grow the family-owned business based on a simple principle — treat guests like family," it continued. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Drury family."
A Missourian obituary said Drury was born in 1927 and raised on a farm near Kelso, Missouri, south of Cape Girardeau. I It said Drury and his brothers supplemented the family's farm income with a small plastering business, and in the 1961 opened a Holiday Inn on Cape Girardeau's west side, which saw growth because of construction of Interstate 55.
They pivoted to a hotel model with no restaurant or bar, opening the first Drury in Sikeston. The family has also been active in the outdoor advertising and fast food sectors.