Robert J. Drake
November 20, 1954 - November 16, 2017
Birthplace: Kansas City, MO
Resided In: Red Oak, IA

Service 11/20/2017
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Burial 11/20/2017
Evergreen Cemetery

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Robert Joseph “Bob” Drake, age 62, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 at his home. Bob was born November 20, 1954 in Kansas City, Missouri the son of Leland and Dorothy (Reed) Drake. He was the 5th of ten children. Bob’s family moved from town to town when he was young. They moved to Red Oak when he was in the 8th grade. He started school in Coburg and graduated from Red Oak High School in 1972. He was united in marriage to Marsha Lee that same year. They made their home in Red Oak. Over the years, Bob worked for Red Oak Transfer and Storage, O’Neal Electric, Budweiser, Lion Products, Prawl Engineering, Plumb Supply, Pella Corporation, REM Manufacturing, Wabash Trace Trail, and Eaton Corporation. Bob was united in marriage to Cathy Jenkins in 1995 and one son was born: Evan Lee Drake whom Bob loved very much. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, playing golf, playing baseball and softball, swimming, and working in his garden and orchard. His garden included hundreds of tomato plants, asparagus, fruit trees, and much more. He planted many trees and was a member of the Arbor Foundation. Bob always managed to have fun evidenced by his wonderful parties and bonfires. He also enjoyed Saturday mornings at the Rainbow Café with the “Breakfast Club”. Bob truly treasured his family and all of his friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents and brother: Ron Drake. Survivors include his son: Evan Drake and Emily Wenzel of Red Oak, IA; Evan’s mother: Cathy Drake of Red Oak, IA; brothers and sisters: Andrew Drake and wife Ann of Waverly, NE; Janet Osheim and husband Harold of Waukee, IA; Paul Drake and wife Maureen of Wentzville, MO; Jeanne Peterson and husband Greg of Kansas City, MO; Emily Carlisle and husband Dallas of Lebanon, MO; Phillip Drake of Dodge City, KS; Gary Drake and wife Laverne of Omaha, NE; and Aaron Drake of Forsyth, MO; sister-in-law: Sue Drake of Red Oak, IA; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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