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David Drake       Send a link to a friend

Archived Oct. 4, 2004

BEASON -- David L. Drake, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. at his home near Beason.

Visitation at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

His funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Beason United Methodist Church. Visitation at the church will begin at 2 p.m.

Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery.

Mr. Drake was a retired farmer.

He served with the 253rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion in Europe during World War II.

He was born May 19, 1921, at Cornland to Martin Bogarte and Clara Belle Robinson Drake. He married Merida Bivin of Mechanicsburg on Nov. 6, 1943.

He is survived by his wife; four children, Warren (and Geraldine) Drake of Mahomet, Harold (and Nancy) Drake of Beason, Martha (and John) Bunzey of Taylorville and Laura (and Marc) Enger of Farmer City; nine grandchildren, Sheryl, Robert and Doug Drake, Kevin and Erin Klee, Michael (and Diane), Sig and Melanie Enger, and Liz (and Tom) Pratt; four brothers, Robert E. (and Mary E.) Drake of Beason, Richard K. (and Joy) Drake of Farmer City, George E. (and Elinor) Drake of El Paso and Andrew V. (and Eileen) Drake of Morton; and a sister-in-law, Mary Drake.

Two grandchildren, Belle Marie Drake and Curtis A. Drake, and two brothers, Michael Warren Drake and Donald Louis Drake, preceded him in death.

He was a member of Beason United Methodist Church, where he had served as Sunday school teacher and on the board of trustees. He was also a member of American Legion Post 848, DeWitt Masonic Lodge 84 in Clinton, Farm Bureau and a life member of NRA.

He had been a leader for the Deer Creek Ag 4-H Club and a Boy Scout troop committee member.

For many years he was a Logan County Housing Authority commissioner.

He attended school in Cornland and then graduated from Lincoln High School in 1939. He attended the University of Illinois before being drafted into the U.S. Army and graduated from the U of I College of Agriculture after the war.

He began farming near Beason in 1946. He and his brother Robert were named Conservation Farmers of the Year in 1973.

Memorials may be made to the Beason United Methodist Church or Hospice Care of Illinois.


Jeanette McVey       Send a link to a friend

Archived Oct. 4, 2004

MOUNT PULASKI -- Jeanette McVey, 76, of Mount Pulaski died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at 6:45 p.m. at her home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski, following recitation of the rosary at 3:30 p.m.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, with Father Thomas Shaw officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Pulaski Cemetery.

Mrs. McVey was bookkeeper for Cyrulik Bros. Construction for nearly 50 years. She was also a bookkeeper for Curtis Oil Company in Mount Pulaski and many other local businesses.

She was born Feb. 5, 1928, at West Frankfort to Paul and Jeanette Gaston Cerar. She married Orville T. McVey in Carlinville on March 7, 1953. He died March 13, 2001.

She is survived by one son, Edward (and Jill) McVey of Morris; three daughters, Mary Eileen McVey of Charlotte N.C., Patricia (and Ron) Schaffenacker of Mount Pulaski and Janet McVey of Charlotte, N.C.; six grandchildren, Jennifer (and Aaron) Wilham of Mount Pulaski, Alicia Schaffenacker of Mount Pulaski, Nikki Schaffenacker of Mount Pulaski, Chris Schaffenacker of Mount Pulaski, Angie McVey of Morris and Joel McVey of Morris; one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Wilham of Mount Pulaski; four brothers, Paul Cerar of Shermon, Henry (and Betty) Cerar of Texarkana, Texas, Bernie (and Monique) Cerar of Monmouth and George (and Rita) Cerar of Athens; and four sisters, Doris Staples of Taylorville, Barbara Kiel of Taylorville, June (and Victor) Strutz of Girard and Claudette Krupnick of New York.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic minister, taught Sunday school for years and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

She was also a member of VFW Auxiliary 777, Mount Pulaski Council, Mount Pulaski Women's Club and the Tomlinson Trust board of trustees.

She volunteered at Vonderlieth Living Center for many years.

She enjoyed traveling, flower gardening, shopping, collecting angels and especially loved visiting her family.

Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Brother James Court in Riverton or Vonderlieth Living Center Activity Fund.

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