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David Allen Drake

David Allen Drake

David Allen Drake died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Deerwood, MN, Wednesday, the 24th of April 2019.

He was born in Brainerd on June 8, 1941 and graduated from Brainerd High in 1959. After high school, David joined the army and served his country during the Vietnam War era. As a Sergeant E5, David trained our troops in artillery before their tour in Vietnam.

In 1987 he married Laurie Gray. The two moved to Sargent, Nebraska in 1993 where they owned and operated The Sunset Motel. They moved back to Minnesota in 2006, eventually settling in Deerwood.

David loved the sandhills of Nebraska and he loved fishing off the docks in Minnesota. He loved NASCAR and racing of every kind, but his favorite racing was watching his grandsons' BMX racing. He loved his family (oh, how he loved his family) and he loved his "fur babies" who brought him so much joy.

Most importantly David loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. He lived his life for Him, and he walked in faith, hoping and praying that others would come to know his living, loving Lord.

David was an amazing husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed for his wonderful sense of humor, his quick wit, his kindness and his love for others.

David Drake was preceded in death by his son, Paul, his brothers, Shy and Bob, his sisters, Fran and Doris and his mother and father, Ivey and Edward Drake.

He is survived by his wife, Laurie (Gary) Drake; his three sons, Tim Cronquist (Victoria) of Anchorage, Alaska, Mark Cronquist of North Carolina, Justin Barnhart (Jenny) of Brainerd, MN; his nine grandchildren, Joseph, Alexandra, Matthew, Megan, Samuel, Drake, Dallas, Tommy and Noah; his brother, Keith and his sisters, Diane (Vogt) and Betty (Wolhart). We love you David. We miss you so much.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd, MN.

David went away today

Yesterday I knew that's what he wanted to

He was kind of tired and he'd had enough

And so he did what he had to do

You probably didn't know

That I've been watching over him since I was five

I spent a lot of time and energy

Just keeping him alive

But I got no complaints

Cause we were taking care of one another

And I don't mind

Cause he ain't heavy, he's my brother. - Keith