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Donald Lee Drake

Donald Lee Drake, age 77, of French Lick, Indiana entered into eternal rest on Friday, March 15, 2019 at his home, surrounded by family, after his battle with cancer. He was born in Orange County, Indiana on July 25, 1941 to Theodore Roosevelt and Hazel Mae (Riggs) Drake. Donald married Barbara Allen Stickler on June 24, 1961.

He was preceded in death by his parents, (1) brother-Robert Drake, (1) son-Joseph Michael Drake, (1) daughter-Karen Denise Drake.

Donald was employed for 34 years as a Science teacher at Paoli High School until his retirement in 1999. He was also an avid farmer. He enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting, and watching any sports his children and grandchildren participated in. He was a member of the Orange County Rural District 1 Fire Department since 1989, which included many years serving as Fire Chief. He was also an active member of Moore’s Ridge United Methodist Church, where he currently served on the Board of Trustees.

Donald is survived by:

Wife – Barbara Drake, French Lick Indiana

(2) Daughters – Virginia (Calvin) Seitz, French Lick Indiana

Lisa Drake, Clarkson Kentucky

(1) Son – Richard (Kristin) Drake, French Lick Indiana

(2) Granddaughters – Nia (Jadon) Hinkle, West Baden Indiana

Kris (Michael) Hawkins, Evansville Indiana

(2) Grandsons – Ivan Drake, French Lick Indiana

Ian Drake, French Lick Indiana

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 3:00pm – 8:00pm EST at Moore’s Ridge United Methodist Church Celebration Center, French Lick Indiana, with the IVFA Ceremony from 7:00pm-7:15pm.

Visitation will also be on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 11:00am EST until the time of service at 1:00pm at Moore’s Ridge United Methodist Church, French Lick Indiana. Officiating the service will be Pastor Rodney Shelton. Burial to follow at the Moore’s Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, French Lick Indiana.

The family request memorials be made to Moore’s Ridge Church, c/o Building Fund, 3109 S County Rd 500 W, French Lick, IN 47432

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So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

Robert & Amy Lowe Mar 19 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Drake

Joe DeKemper Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM

Please extend our sympathy to the family of Donald Drake..he was a fine fellow and an excellent teacher! No doubt he had one or more of our children in his class at PHS

Mary radcliffe and Duane Radcliffe Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Drake

Judith blackwell Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Drake

Brenda crowder Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Drake

Julie Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry don drake family for your loss, travis and mary duncan

Travis and mary duncan Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM

My favorite teacher, he always made you feel just like everyone else. Our Fire Chief for years. Proud to call him friend. I know hes in a better place shaking his head. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his wonderful family, lots of memories of him and family.

Deonna Walters Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM