Drake Sr. Gerald
Gerald L. Drake Sr. "Jerry" passed peacefully surrounded by family on Monday morning June 17, 2013 at a local hospital. He was born March 19, 1945 to Carol Drake and the late Charles Drake. Jerry was a veteran of the United States Navy. On October 22, 1966 he married Dianne Becks. An avid outdoors man, he loved to spend his time fishing and go to his cabin. Jerry retired from WLUK TV11 where he worked as a Master Control Operator. In his earlier years at Channel 11 Jerry played Bozo the clown on TV as well as hosting Uncle Jerry's Clubhouse Pow. Along with Bart Starr, Jerry also was active in Raw Hide Boy's Ranch. He was also actively involved with the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for 20+ years, and in the charter of special needs summer camps. Jerry was a loving husband, father, papa and friend, who would provide for anyone in need. His sense of humor and positive attitude always lightened the mood, right up until the end. Jerry is survived by his loving wife Dianne, his children; Danielle (Jeff) Walbrun, Stacey (Steve) Carew, Jerry (Special Friend Sarah) Drake Jr., and Jason (Tracie) Drake. Further surviving him are his grandchildren; Zachary, Brett, Morgan, Kristina, Grace, Katelyn, Lexie, and J.J., as well as his Mother Carol Drake, and brothers, Dale (JoAnn) Drake, and Tom (Dee) Drake. As well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Charles.
Friends may call at the RYAN FUNERAL HOME 305 N. Tenth Street in De Pere after 11am on Saturday June 22, 2013 until time of service at 2pm, with Fr. Tim Shillcox O.Praem officiating. Please go to www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the family.
Thanks to Dr. Ruth Warren, NP Marcy and all staff from GB Oncology, as well as the incredible 3rd floor staff at St. Mary's and Unity Hospice for their loving care of not only Jerry, but of our entire family.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on June 19, 2013