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George Drake

January 29, 1931 — May 7, 2020

George Drake


George Edward Drake, age 89, of Ovid, MI, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

George was born in Windsor Township, MI on January 29, 1931, the son of Merlin and Gertrude (Love) Drake.  George married Barbara Crandall on September 5, 1954, at St. Paul's in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

George served in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman Second Class in the Korean War.   He was a relief man in the paint department at Fisher Body in Lansing for 30 years. George loved working with his hands on project such as wood working and building his house from the ground up.  Fishing and hunting were his hobbies for many years, as well as working with alternative energy sources.  George was a member of the American Legion in Elsie and Harrison, MI.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Crandall) Drake; his children: George Drake II, Donald (Carolyn Guston) Drake, Delilah Langenfeld, Patrick (Kathy Temple) Drake; grandchildren: Sarah (Drake) and Patrick McKaig, Daniel and Teri Drake, and David and Victoria Drake. He is also survived by many great-grandchildren.  George was predeceased by his parents Merlin and Gertrude, and his three brothers: Robert, Harold, and Calvin.

Online condolences can be made at The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI.

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