Harry Bertrand Drake, passed away peacefully at 5:15 a.m., March 1, 2013, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital from complications of a stroke, while attended by close family members.
On April 24, 1923, he was born in Oak Dale, Nebraska and lived there until he graduated high school. However, he lived most of his life in Council Bluffs Iowa. He was 89. He was a great man and hero, liked and respected by all, with not an enemy in the world. He was a decorated veteran of WWII, a 32nd degree Mason; and a long-time fellow of the Shriners, the Scottish Rite, the Tangiers, VFW, DAV and American Legion. Furthermore, he and his wife were faithful members of Broadway United Methodist Church since they joined in 1956. A valued employee of the Daily Nonpareil newspaper, he worked as a linotype setter there from 1956 until his retirement.
A loving family man, he is survived by Christine Marsh, Marjorie Kimnach and Harry Jr., his adult children; as well as ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; in addition to innumerable cousins, in-laws and friends.
Masonic Service Friday, 6 p.m., followed by visitation with the family until 8 p.m., at the Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Funeral Service Saturday 10 a.m., Broadway United Methodist Church. Harry will be laid to rest at Westlawn Cemetery in Omaha, beside his beloved wife of 57 years, Patricia, who preceded him nine years previous. Military rites will be tendered by the South Omaha American Legion Post # 331. A luncheon will follow the burial at Broadway United Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to Broadway United Methodist Church.
This obituary was originally published in The Daily Nonpareil.