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Salt Point - Richard "Rit" H. Drake, 79, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
Rit, a lifetime resident of Pleasant Valley was born on May 19, 1934. He is the son of the late Howard and Adeline Drake.
He was a 1952 graduate of Arlington High School. He was an avid heavy equipment operator and especially loved digging ponds.
He worked in the late 1970's for Glenmore Farms - formally the Ponderosa in Salt Point, preparing the property for a working dairy barn.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Kirchoff Construction Management. On November 27, 1965 he married Sandra Sharp Drake. Mrs. Drake survives at home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived two daughters, Joy Drake and her companion of Salt Point, NY, Judy Sandola and her husband Mark of Rhinebeck and a grandson Devon of Salt Point.
In keeping with his wishes, there are no calling hours and cremation will be private. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October, 5, 2013 at Joy Drake's house, 18 Browning Rd., Hyde Park, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of Allen Funeral Home, Pleasant Valley, NY.
Allen Funeral Home
1605 Main St.
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, 2013