Glenn E. Drake, 87, of State Road, Middlebury Center, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
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Glenn was born in Canisteo, N.Y. on July 20, 1925, the son of the late Prentice and Muriel Taylor Drake.
He was a graduate of the Knoxville High School. He entered the United States Army at the end of World War II and served in the Occupational Forces in Japan. On Dec. 5, 1947, Glenn and Mazie M. McClean were married in Borden, N.Y. Mazie preceded in death on Jan. 25, 2008.
They purchased a farm in Farmington Township where they made their life's home together. Glenn retired from Corning Glass Works after 34 years where he worked as a glass cutter. He also operated the family farm all his life, working hard to provide for his family. He spent many hours cutting wood which was his form of relaxation.
Glenn and Mazie were longtime active members of the Elkland Moose Lodge where Glenn was a past governor.
Besides his wife, Mazie, Glenn was predeceased by his great-grandson, Kyle Drake; his brothers, Clayton Drake, Wilbur Drake; and his sisters, Linda VanDerploog and Clara Jean Powell. Surviving are his children and their spouses, Dale (Kimberly) Drake of Middlebury Center, Connie (Duane) Krommingo of Hopkinton, Iowa, Phyllis (Lewis) Douglas of Middlebury Center, Richard (Linda) Drake of Monticello, Iowa, Asa (Jennifer) Drake of Mansfield; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren, with another expected; five great-great-grandchildren; his brother, David (Elizabeth) Drake of Rochester, N.Y.; his sisters, Vera (Ralph) Kent of Woodull, N.Y., Lois (Frank) Marshall of Canaseraga, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Monday, Jan. 7 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St., Woodhull, N.Y. Funeral and committal services will be conducted there on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Larry O'Dell officiating. Glenn will be laid to rest next to Mazie in Farmington Union Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Elkland Moose Lodge. Online condolences may be made at www.hpsmithandsonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from Jan. 4 to Jan. 14, 2013