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David Robert Drake


Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

David Robert Drake, 76, of Lanesboro, Minn. passed away at his home Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

David was born in La Crosse, Wis., November 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 January 29, 1955, David married Marjorie L. Thompson, his wife of 57 years, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa.

He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro.

He is survived by his wife and four children, daughter, Deborah (Dennis) Long, Des Moines, Iowa; sons, Robin (JoAnn), Marshalltown, Iowa, Kevin and Andrew (Mara) both of Lanesboro. He has 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. David has three siblings, Dianne Drake of Minnesota City; and two brothers, Michael (Carol) and Peter of La Crosse, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Don.

David 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. David volunteered in many organizations including 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. David loved life, he loved his family and he loved friends.

A memorial service in his honor was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro, Saturday, June 22, 2013. Pastor Nicholas Drake officiated assisted by Rev. Kerry Eversole.

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