David Drake, 76, of Lanesboro
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:35 AM
David Robert Drake, 76, of Lanesboro, died at his home Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
He was born in La Crosse, Wis., on Nov. 3, 1936, to Charles R. and Vienna L. (Kennedy) Drake of Lanesboro. He graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1954, and when his daughter, Deborah, graduated in 1973, they were the first fourth-generation family to graduate from Lanesboro, which included his father, Charles R. Drake and grandmother, Nel Rafferty Drake.
On Jan. 29, 1955, he married Marjorie L. Thompson at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa.
He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro.
He was a 40-year senior maintenance employee of the Minnesota Department of Transportation and was missed by many local travelers following his retirement. During this time, he served three terms on the Lanesboro City Council and two terms as the city mayor. He also drove a school van for Lanesboro Public Schools for eight years. He volunteered in many organizations, including as a Boy Scout Master, Lanesboro Historic Preservation Board member, Lanesboro Sylvan Park Board Member, 27-year member of the Lanesboro Fire Department, EMT on the Lanesboro Ambulance Service, secretary of the Tri-County Firefighters Association, organizing member of the Root River Recreation Committee, and 41 years on the LHS Football "chain gang." He was a league bowler for many years and especially enjoyed early morning meetings of the gang at the "Chat-n-Chew" restaurant and the "Hucklee Buck" card games at the Lanesboro Legion and Pedal Pusher Cafe.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of 57 years; four children, Deborah (Dennis) Long of Des Moines, Iowa, Robin (JoAnn) of Marshalltown, Iowa, Kevin and Andrew (Mara), both of Lanesboro; 11 grandchildren, Nicholas (Marsha), Christopher, Stephanie, Melanie, David, Ashley, Leah, Michael, Abigail, Meghan and Mason; eight great-grandchildren, Caden, Olivia, Noah, Levi, Silas, Treighton, Zoe and Sahari; three siblings, Dianne Drake of Minnesota City, Michael (Carol) and Peter of La Crosse.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Don.
A memorial service in his honor was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro on Saturday, June 22. The Rev. Nicholas Drake officiated, assisted by the Rev. Kerry Eversole.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital or Lanesboro Sylvan Park.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro assisted with arrangements.