Robert E. "Bob" Drake
LINCOLN, IL -Robert E. "Bob" Drake, 89, formerly of Beason died at 4:00 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
Bob was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Cornland, Ill., the son of M.B. and Clara Belle Robinson Drake. He married Mary Beth Jacobson on July 18, 1948, in Galva, Ill. She survives.
Also surviving Bob are four daughters: Margaret (David) St. Clair of Houston, Texas, Nancy (Dennis) Uphoff of Beason, Sarah (Dan) Starkey of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Tina (Bruce) Gumbel of Marietta, Ga.; two brothers, George (Elinor) Drake of El Paso, Ill., and Andrew Drake of Morton, Ill.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers: Michael, Donald, David and Richard Drake.
Bob was a retired farmer from the Beason area. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of Beason United Methodist Church where he was organist for 64 years, lifetime member of the Beason-Chestnut American Legion Post # 848, member of Beason School Board for many years, and lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge AF&AM. Bob received a Purple Heart as a medic during WWII in France.
Services for Bob will be Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Beason United Methodist Church with Rev. Darrell Howard officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery in Beason with full military rites accorded by Lincoln American Legion Post #263. Visitation will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Beason United Methodist Church. Masonic services will be held at 3:30 p.m. prior to visitation.
Memorials may be given to Beason United Methodist Church or Beason Fire and Rescue.
Arrangements were entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.