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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
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
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.
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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
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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