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DRAKE, Virgil Ray
DRAKE, Virgil Ray Father, grandfather, great-grandfather, 20-year USAF Vet, died Feb. 12, 2016 surrounded by his children and friends. An only child born Aug. 23, 1934 in Colton S.D. to Francis and Laura Drake, graduated Humboldt High School 1953, spent two years in the family business, then joined the USAF. Trained in avionics, Virgil spent 1956-58 in Hokkaido Japan, then Strategic Air Command in La., then Hickam, HI, Edwards AFB, a wartime Thailand tour before retiring at Nellis AFB. He then spent 10 years at Rockwell for space shuttle. Virgil worked hard, was a huge Chrysler fan, and proud father. His parents and wife Grace preceded him in death. He is survived by children Sherry, Robert, Kirk & Julie, grandchildren: Hope, Greg, Austin, and great-grandchildren: Grace, Faith, Joy, Joseph.

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