William C. “Bill” Drake

   William C. “Bill” Drake, 87, of Benton City, died at 12:07 a.m., Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at SSM Saint Mary’s Hospital – Audrain. Mr. Drake had been a resident of Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico.

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Pickering Funeral Home with Rev. Darrel Hansen officiating. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Beaver Dam Cemetery.

   Bill was born June 4, 1931 in Konawa, Oklahoma, the son of William Capy and Hazel (Craig) Drake. On June 27, 1953, in Hannibal, he married Charlotte Louise Garrett who preceded him in death on Dec. 19, 2006.

   Mr. Drake was a veteran having served in the US Air Force. He spent 35 years with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a repairman. He was a member of Southside Christian Church in Mexico.

   Survivors include one son, Keith Drake and wife Jo Ann, Mexico; one daughter Vicki Welch and husband Larry, Mexico; five grandchildren, Joe (Heather) Welch and Cody (Jade) Welch, Mexico and Cory Welch, Boise, Idaho, Amy (Rob) Drake Ward, Smithville, and Ash Lea Drake, Kansas City; and six great grandchildren, Kenzi and Andrew Welch, Mexico, Emma Drake, Kansas City; Kasen Welch, Mexico, and Lucas and Roy Ward, Smithville.

   In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Barty Drake and Roy Drake; two sisters, Elsie Goodridge and Katy Sanders; and one infant daughter, Karen Lynn.

   In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be may be made to Missouri Veterans Home, Mexico.

Public Tributes and Expressions of Sympathy

Keith and Vicki - so sorry to hear about your dad. Growing up with you guys as neighbors was the best. Sending prayers your way as you celebrate a great guy . - Lisa (Gardner) Hoover and family

Sorry for your loss. Thoughts, prayers and hugs for you and your family. Bill was loved by all and will be missed. - Nancy and Todd Krueger

Please know we are thinking of you all. - Robbie and Trudy Fisher
Sympathy to Vicki &Larry and the rest of his family - Carolyn and Forrest Shockley

Sorry Vicky for your loss. Your Dad sounds like a good man and veteran as well. Your family was surely blessed to have him for a father and a loving husband to your Mom. I saw where he was a member of the Christian Church. You know when he left this world there was much rejoicing in heaven with his loved ones who went on before him. It wasn’t an accident that he was taken. God and our Savior was waiting for him as it was his time to go on home. When I think of my Mom who has been gone from this earth for Many years, I just try to remember that she is happy and not in pain any longer. She is rejoicing in heaven with the Lord and enjoying every minute of it. And your Dad is to. Karol Dunkle

So sorry for your loss. Sure enjoyed having Bill and Louise for neighbors. - Randy, Penny and William Dahl

Keith, Vicki and your families, It is good to know that good old Bill is through suffering in this world and is together again with Louise rejoicing in Heaven. Boy Scout Troop 58 is where I got to know Bill, and he was a good role model for the scouts, always cheerful, always capable of whatever needed to be done, always calm in the case of trouble, fun to be around, and he knew so much about the outdoors when we camped out. We pray that God will help you to adjust to life without him, and we will miss him along with you. May God bless you all. - Bud and Essie Snook

Vicki-So sorry for the loss of your dad, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Call if you need to talk. - Debby Burnett

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