Robert Leslie Drake, the son of Frederick Carlton and Elvera Rosamond (Duncan) Drake was born May 4, 1955, in Corning, Iowa. Bob entered eternal rest on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of sixty-two years, two months, and two days.
Bob graduated from Corning High School, Corning, Iowa, and would spend his entire life in the Corning and Adams County area. While still in high school, Bob worked for Carl Johnston at the Johnston Skelly Station. Upon graduating high school, Bob attended trade school in Rock Island, Illinois, to learn front-end alignment. Following his training, he returned to Corning and started his own business, “Bob’s Front End Alignment”. After a few years, Bob closed his business and returned to the Johnston Skelly Station where he remained for many years. He worked briefly at NAPA before opening “Corning Tire and Exhaust”. Later, Jerry Holbrook joined Bob in a partnership that would last 28 years.
Bob had many interests. He participated in men’s co-ed volleyball, and volleyball of all kinds. He loved vintage 1950’s cars and pickups. Other favorite past times included hunting, fishing and riding golf carts in and around Carl. Bob was a very hard working man who always had numerous projects to work on, but he always found time to lend a helping hand to all who needed help. Family was very important to Bob and he enjoyed his annual family vacations with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Preceding Bob in death were his parents; grandparents: Leslie and Ethel Duncan; Dosha and Charles Drake.
Left to cherish Bob’s memory is his loving wife Melody of Corning, Iowa; daughter: Diana (John) Petelle, Lincoln, Nebraska; son: Nick Drake, Corning, Iowa; six grandchildren: Lucas Petelle; Reed Petelle; Danica Drake; Alana Drake; Sarah Petelle; Jayla Drake; mother-in-law and father-in-law: Bonnie and Jim Barton, Corning, Iowa; brothers: Richard (Cindy) Drake, Corning, Iowa; Freddy Drake, Corning, Iowa; sisters: Barb (Larry) Wynn, Creston, Iowa; Kathryn (John) Hogan, Corning, Iowa; Lois Patton, Diana, Texas; Linda Jenkins, Corning, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.