Joseph Carl Drake 1919 - 2005
Private services for Joseph Carl Drake, 85, Lawrence, were Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. He was cremated.Mr. Drake died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.He was born Aug. 27, 1919, in Ottawa, the son of Carl Joseph and Bessie Merriam Tedrow Drake.He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1937. After high school, he attended Kansas University until enlisting in the Army. He served in World War II as a sergeant with a medical detachment and was discharged in 1945.Mr. Drake owned and operated Drake's Bakery & Snack Shop until he sold it in 1985. His father had started the business in 1928.He was a member of the American Legion, Elks Lodge and Abdallah Shrine.He married Ruth Evans on Sept. 14, 1946, in Lawrence. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a son, Steve, Lawrence; a daughter, Debbie Alexander, Lawrence; a sister, Nancy Edgar, Claremont, Calif.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.The family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor's choice, sent in care of the funeral home.Online condolences may be sent to <a href="http://www.rumsey-yost.com">www.rumsey-yost.com</a>.