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OBITUARY - RICHARD DRAKE

American Flag.jpg Richard L. DRAKE, son of Vernon & Mae (WARRICK) DRAKE, was born December 29, 1937 at his parentís farm home north of Mount Ayr, Iowa. He passed away unexpectedly at his home on June 26, 2009.

In April 1954, Richard was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1956 at which time he joined the U.S. Army serving from 1956-1959.

On August 10, 1959, he was united in marriage to Donna HOLTZMAN. Richard and Donna were blessed with five children; Karen, James, Sandy, Larry, and Eric. Donna passed away on July 1, 1994.

On February 20, 1997, Richard was married to Judy ROTHMAN. Joining his family at this time were Judyís children Don (Julie) ROTHMAN, Diane (Bill) EMARD, Debbie (Mike) DAVIS, Joe ROTHMAN, and Bernie ROTHMAN as well as 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Judy died in August 2004.

Richard farmed most of his life. He was also employed by DRAPER Produce; Mount Ayr schools as a bus driver; he worked as a carpenter with Lyndon DRAKE; and for Ringgold County Secondary Roads. He retired in 2005.

Richard was preceded in death by his wives, Donna and Judy; infant son James Vernon in 1960; his parents; parents-in-law Omer and Jenny HOLTZMAN; a sister Florence FOLTZ; brother Glenn DRAKE; sister-in-law Irene FEURING; brothers-in-law Roland POWELL, Bill JOHNSON, Elmer HOLTZMAN, Floyd HOLTZMAN, Rex FOLTZ, and Les TROSTER.

Survivors include his children Karen (Terry) CURTISS of Great Falls, Montana, Sandy (Bob) IZER of Aplington, IA, Larry (Peggy) DRAKE of Mount Ayr and Eric (Kerra) DRAKE of Blockton; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; sisters Helen (Wayland) YOUNG of Philomouth, Oregon and Rose (Robert) FINDLEY of Savannah, MO; numerous other relatives and close friends.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at Watson - Armstrong Funeral Home, Mt. Ayr, IA. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials are to Ringgold County Public Health.

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