Robert Louis Drake, 48, Luverne, died Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A private family celebration of Bob’s life will be at a later date.
Robert Drake was born Oct. 25, 1967, to Robert and Gladys (LoCollo) Drake in Plainfield, New Jersey. He received his baptism at Lady of Fatima Church in Piscataway, New Jersey. He attended school through the eleventh grade. Bob spent almost all of his work life in New Jersey working as a diesel mechanic.
On March 8, 2014, Bob married Christi (Spykerboer) Wilson at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Bound Brook, New Jersey. In April 2014 the family moved to Luverne. Bob was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in December 2015.
Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycles and racing. Bob loved life and was always up for having a party. Most of all he enjoyed his family.
Bob is survived by his wife, Christi; three children, Corporal Ryan (Erica) Drake, Oceanside, California, Robert C. Drake, and Alexandra “Lexi” Drake, both of Luverne; a sister, Maureen (David) Korman, Warren, New Jersey; a nephew, Mitchell Korman; his mother-in-law, Janice Larson; an aunt, Bonnie Busse-Reu of Luverne; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Joseph Andrews.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.