John R. Drake, age 69, of rural Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, July 26 at his home. Graveside funeral services for 69 year old John R. Drake will be Friday, July 31 at 11:00 a.m. at Green Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the family.
John was born September 17, 1945 in rural Carlyle, IL to Verba H. and Irene M. (Gross) Drake. He married Glenna F. Black on June 7, 1969 in Edwardsville, IL. He is survived by his wife Glenna, his children Richard L. Drake of rural Pocahontas, Terri L. (Shane) Keller of rural Pocahontas, IL, Michael A. Drake of rural Pocahontas, Rebecca S. (Mike) Lenz of Florissant, MO and Tammy A. (John “JD”) Wesselmann of rural Carlyle.
He is also survived by six grandchildren Zachary Lenz, Nathan Lenz, John David Wesselmann, Kelsie Wesselmann, Alexis Wesselmann, and Gabriel Keller along with three sisters Marie I. (Ted) Schrage of Pocahontas, Edith L. (Bob) Korte of Highland, and Mae L. (Jimmie) Kinnard of Pocahontas, IL.
He was preceded death by his parents and a sister Dorris I. Dannaman.
He grew up in the Beaver Prairie area and graduated from Breese High School. He moved to The Millersburg area in 1973. He had worked at Broadway Tire and Battery in Highland. He had also worked construction and farmed. He worked for 30 years driving for Highland Redimix retiring in 2007. After his retirement he concentrated more on farming. He was a member of Alton Teamsters Local 525.
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118 E College Ave
Greenville, IL 62246