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Robert Drake


Robert “Bob” Drake, 62, of Corning died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 13, at Corning United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andrew Bardole officiating. Burial will be in Carl Cemetery. Open visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, 701 Seventh St., in Corning. Memorials may be directed to Corning Volunteer Fire Department or the family to be used at Lake Icaria. Online condolences may be left at

Robert Leslie Drake, son of Frederick Carlton and Elvera Rosamond (Duncan) Drake, was born May 4, 1955, in Corning. Bob graduated from Corning High School in Corning, and would spend his entire life in the Corning and Adams County area. While still in high school, Bob worked for Carl Johnston at Johnston Skelly Station. Upon graduating high school, Bob attended trade school in Rock Island, Illinois, to learn front-end alignment. Following his training, he returned to Corning and started his own business, Bob’s Front End Alignment. After a few years, Bob closed his business and returned to the Skelly Station where he remained for many years. He worked briefly at NAPA before opening “Corning Tire and Exhaust.” Later, Jerry Holbrook joined Bob in a partnership that would last 28 years.

Bob is survived by his wife Melody of Corning; daughter Diana (John) Petelle of Lincoln, Nebraska; son Nick Drake of Corning; grandchildren, Lucas Petelle, Reed Petelle, Danica Drake, Alana Drake, Sarah Petelle and Jayla Drake; mother- and father-in-law, Bonnie and Jim Barton of Corning; brothers, Richard (Cindy) Drake of Corning and Freddy Drake of Corning; sisters, Barb (Larry) Wynn of Creston, Kathryn (John) Hogan of Corning, Lois Patton of Diana, Texas, and Linda Jenkins of Corning; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Leslie and Ethel Duncan and Dosha and Charles Drake. 

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