Franklin C. Drake passed away November 8, 2013. He was born in Newark, New Jersey to Frank Everett Drake and Carolyn M. (Amelung) Drake on April 1, 1924.
He graduated from Nutley, New Jersey, High School in June 1924. After serving in the Navy during WWII as a medic in the Amphibian Forces, he married Altha Grace Spaulding on June 1, 1947. He attended Pace College in New York City, graduating with an accounting degree. In 1971, the family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they resided until moving to Liberty Hill, Texas in 2007.
Franklin is survived by his wife, Altha; son, Kenneth Drake and wife, Francene of Hellertown, Pennsylvania; daughter, Kit Vaughn and husband, Gary of Liberty Hill, Texas; and daughter-in-law, Katie Fleury of Poughkeepsie, New York. A son, Keith Drake, preceded him in death in 2012. Also surviving is his brother, John Drake of North Hollywood, California; grandchildren, Ken Paul Drake, Karina Carr, Kristopher Vaughn and Jem Fleury. His two great-granddaughters are Karen Drake and Kaelee Carr.
He was an avid bowler, Little League Umpire and created beautiful cross-stitch designs. Also, he was active in the Lutheran Church, most recently at Living Water Lutheran in Leander, Texas. His hobbies included bike riding, golf, reading, mall walking and craft making. He held various council positions in church and for veterans. After his retirement in 1992, he and his wife traveled extensively and volunteered in their community. He will be dearly missed.
Memorials may be made to: Living Water Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1413, Leander, TX 78646
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