LEETONIA, Ohio – Robert Clark Drake, age 79, of Leetonia, died at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at his home following an illness.
He was born June 9, 1937 in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, a son of the late James and Helen (Stickel) Drake.
Before his retirement, Bob had been employed at Baird Brothers for 13 years and as a cattleman at Summitcrest Farms for 27 years.
He was a member of the Lake Mount Church of Christ.
Bob’s love for the Lord and devotion to the church was known by many. If ever there was an opportunity, he would open his Bible, worn and well read from all the years it spent sitting by his side and share the good word with a conviction that no one could deny.
A servant of the Lord was a phrase that anyone who knew Bob would use to describe him but those who knew him well would undoubtedly add devoted cattleman to that list. From Illinois to Pennsylvania to finally Ohio, Bob experienced every joyful and trying moment of raising and working with the cattle entrusted to his care. During his lifetime, he assisted in the birth of over 10,000 calves and passed his knowledge and passion for raising cattle down to his children and grandchildren.
He was no stranger to hard work, whether it be working on the farm or lending a helping hand, Bob was there until the job was finished. Never once would he complain, he only expressed gratitude for the ability to fulfill his purpose here on earth and live a life that would make a positive impact on others.
Bob Drake will be deeply missed but his family and friends know that someday they will meet him again in Heaven.
His loving wife of 58 years, Jane (Young) Drake, whom he married June 12, 1959, survives him, along with two sons, Todd (Darlynne) Drake of Salem and Rodney (Tina) Drake of Chandler, Arizona; a daughter, Betsy Drake of Hanoverton; two sisters, Nancy French of Connoquenessing, Pennsylvania and Mary (Gary) Mayer of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania; four brothers, Ivan (Kathy) Drake of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, David (Sharyn) Drake of Butler, Pennsylvania, William (DeeDee) Drake of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, Timothy (Beth) Drake of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death was a son, James L. Drake; five brothers, James E. Drake, George L. Drake, Samuel R. Drake, John W. Drake and Stephen C. Drake and a sister, Carole Bobeck.
A funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Lake Mount Church of Christ with Evangelist Richard Chambers officiating.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 12 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the church prior to the funeral service.
Burial will be at Woodsdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Mount Church of Christ, 6290 St. Rt. 7, New Waterford, OH 44445.
Condolences may be sent online at www.starkmemorial.com. Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.