OBITUARY - DON ELBERT DRAKE
Don Elbert DRAKE was born March 13, 1952 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa to Bert and
Gwendolyn (KABLE) DRAKE, and died June 21, 2005 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with graveside services at Rose Hill
Cemetery Blockton, Iowa Saturday, June 25, 2005. He graduated from Bedford Community School in 1970.
Don was united in marriage to Karen SLEEP and they later divorced. While Don lived in the Blockton and Lenox
areas, he was involved with farming and cattle order buying operation. Don owned and operated the Lenox
Livestock Barn. He later moved to Vinita, OK. While living in Vinita, he trained and sold horses. Don died
suddenly of a heart attack on June 21, 2005 in Tulsa, OK.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his son Todd and wife Kristi Drake of Nodaway,
IA; daughter Brenda FERRIS and husband Rob of Omaha, NE; grandsons Colten and Trenton and granddaughter
Paige; brother Earl and wife Connie DRAKE of Blockton; step-mother Kathleen DRAKE of Blockton; Aunt Leah
CLAYTON of the Bedford Nursing Home and husband Louis of Blockton; and nephews Nathan DRAKE and fiance Crystal HISCOCKS of Britt, Iowa and Clint DRAKE of Blockton.
A memorial fund has been established in his name c/o Todd DRAKE, Nodaway, Iowa.
Miami, Ottawa County, Oklahoma
Don Elbert DRAKE of Vinita died Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa after an illness. He was 53.
DRAKE was born March 13, 1952, in Mount Ayr, Iowa, to Bert and Gwendolyn (RABEL) DRAKE. He was a graduate of Bedford High
School in the class of 1970.
He spent many years as a horse trainer and rancher.
His survivors include one son and his wife, Todd and Kristi DRAKE of Nodaway, Iowa; one daughter and her husband, Brenda
and Robert FERRIS of Omaha, Neb.; one brother and his wife, Earl and Connie DRAKE of Blockton, Iowa; his stepmother,
Kathleen DRAKE of Blockton; one aunt and her husband, Leah and Louis CRAFTON of Blockton; three grandchildren, Trenton and
Colton DRAKE and Paige FERRIS, and two nephews, Nathan and Clint DRAKE.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The body will be cremated.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at DRAKE's home, 435006 East Highway 66, Vinita.
Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton, Iowa
Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home, Welch [OK].