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Robert Jon Drake

Robert Jon Drake, 66, passed from this world July 23, 2016. He was born in Watertown, South Dakota, on February 9, 1950 to Ralph and Beryl (Marquardt) Drake.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ralph Drake, Jr.; his grandparents, Bert and Mary Drake and Carl and Loretta Marquardt; and a step-grandmother, Adeline Marquardt.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Smith) Drake, and two children, Sara Beth Drake and Gary Alexander Drake of the home; one brother, Steve Drake and wife Patsy of Solo, Missouri; two nieces and four nephews.

Jon lived in South Dakota until he was 11 years old, when the family moved to Solo, Missouri. He graduated from Houston High School in Houston, Missouri, in 1968. He spent two years in the Merchant Marines on the coal boats on the Great Lakes.

Jon bought a farm at Elk Creek, Missouri, where he lived until his passing. He worked for Mid-Am Dairy in Cabool, Missouri, for over 30 years, retiring in 2003. While he was attending high school, he worked for his parents at Solo General Store and Post Office and also at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, reading outdoor magazines, and collecting coins and money. Some of his most enjoyable times were spent visiting with friends and family, watching TV and eating.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Services were Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in Evans Funeral Home, Houston. Pastor Erin McConnell officiated with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gary Drake, Steve Drake, Rhett Drake, Chance Drake, Parrish Drake, Edward DeWitt, Robert Barnum and Lyndon Dodson. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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