Lee served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was employed as a Pipefitter at GM Fisher Guide, Elyria. He was a member of UAW, American Legion Post #8 in Wellington, and Ohio Woodland Steward Program through OSU. Lee was an avid conservationist, hunter, and outdoor enthusiast. He loved taking his grandchildren and great-grandchildren hunting on his property in West Virginia.
Mr. Drake is survived by his son, Larry (Patricia) Drake of Mayhill, New Mexico; daughters, Vicki Denes of Wellington and Pam (Melvin) Velez of Live Oak, Florida; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Ronnie Drake of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Emma (nee Tawney) Drake; wife, Clare (nee Ashley) Drake; son, Lee Drake Jr.; brothers, Hobart, Billy, Charles; sister, Mildred Smith; son-in-law, Jim Denes; grandson, Chris Denes; and close friend, Anna Dittmer.
At the request of the family, all services will be private.
Memorial contributions can be forwarded to American Legion Post #8, 518 South Main Street, Wellington, OH 44090.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, Elyria. www.buschfuneral.com