Was born February 22, 1918 in Elmira, the son of the late Leon F. and Marie (Cornish) Drake, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, January 2, 2011, at the age of 92. He is survived by his daughter, Rondalee (Troy) Powell and grandson, Cody Powell; son, Michael F. (Teddi) Drake and grandchildren, Courtney (Jamie) Mines, Michael Drake, Craig (Michelle) Drake, Jon Drake, Lindsay Drake and Maria Drake; son, David A. Drake; great-grandchildren, Jamie Mines, Javon Mines, John Drake, Hailey Drake, Lacey Drake, Kloe Drake and Jamaree Mines. His beloved wife, Thelma (Leupelt) Drake; brother, Mike Drake; and parents, Marie and Leon predeceased Fred. He served his country during World War II and received a purple heart. He was a member of the 450th Heavy Bomb Group. Fred also retired from Hardinge Brothers after many years of dedicated service. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/Southport on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 6, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. with the Revered Mark Erway officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park where the Chemung County Veterans Honor Squad will accord Mr. Drake Military Honors. A' Candle of Remembrance' may be left for his family in obituaries at www.olthof.com
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Published in Star-Gazette from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2011