Kenneth “Kenny” Drake, age 77, of Imlay City, MI died Monday, October 25, 2021 at McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital of Lapeer, MI. Kenneth Charles Drake was born July 1, 1944 in Lapeer, MI. He was the son of the late Clarence and the late Mary (Crutara) Drake.
Kenny grew up in the Thumb region of Michigan. He was a graduate of Dryden High School, Class of 1962. He went on to attend college for two years. Kenny proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He married Marlene Rathka Cloyd on November 14, 1987 at West Goodland United Methodist Church.
He was employed as a trouble shooter by GM – Buick Motors in Flint, MI before retiring after 31 years. Previous to working at Buick Motors, Kenny was employed for a few years for the lumber yard in Millington, MI. Kenny was a member of the Goodland Community Church (formerly West Goodland United Methodist Church) and helped to build the current church building. Kenny enjoyed working with his hands and traveling to Florida for the winter months.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marlene Drake; his children, Charles (Tricia) Drake of Vassar, MI, Casey (Beth) Drake of San Antonio, TX, Patricia (John) Colby of North Branch, MI, Bryan (Aimee) Cloyd of Kingston, MI, Tammy (Jason) Conn of Mt. Morris, MI, Shelly (Dan) Valentine of Holland, MI, and Jason (Dana) Cloyd of Vassar, MI. He is also survived by his brother, Larry Drake of Clio, MI; 21 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Mary Drake; and his brothers, Bobby Drake and Sonny Drake.
The funeral services were held Monday, November 1, 2021 at Goodland Community Church, 2008 N. Van Dyke, Imlay City, MI. Pastor Ken Tison, pastor of Goodland Community Church, officiated. Interment followed at Goodland Township Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City.
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