Raymond J. Drake, 63, passed away on Nov. 8, 2013 after a courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy. He was born and raised in Gary, Indiana to Lucius and Victoria Drake. In his youth, Ray's stature drew him into the martial arts as a means of self defense. After graduation from Tolleston High School in Gary, he served a tour of duty with the Army in Vietnam. He returned to Colorado Springs where he was a Military Police Officer at Fort Carson. There, Ray competed and instructed Tae Kwon Do for the military. Ray became a Denver Police Officer in 1974. He married Elaine Coats in Denver in 1980 and relocated to northern Colorado to work as a deputy for Larimer County in 1983. They moved and started a family in Loveland in 1985. Ray completed a BA in Human Resources from ColoradoChristianUniversity in 1991. He retired from employment with the IRS in Fort Collins in 2004 due to his progressive illness. Ray's passion was teaching Tae Kwon Do with Loveland Tae Kwon Do. He was a 5th degree black belt in multiple styles of the martial arts. Ray is survived by his exwife/friend/caregiver Elaine Drake; daughter Angela Schall (Tyler) of Longmont; son Steven of Durango, Mexico; brother Lucius Jr. of Milliken, CO, sisters Vanita Parker of Gary, IN, Lolita (Ron) Parram of Chicago, IL, Cathy (Phil) Patterson of Gary, IN and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father. A private family gathering is planned following cremation. The family would like to sincerely thank Banner Home Care and Pathways Hospice for their loving care of Ray.
Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Nov. 12, 2013