Charles “Bob” Robert Drake

Charles “Bob” Robert Drake

December 5, 1936 – May 10, 2023

Charles “Bob” Robert Drake (86) of Omaha, Nebraska entered his heavenly home on May 10, 2023. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on December 5, 1936.

“And now… the rest of the story” – Paul Harvey

Bob was the oldest of three children and came from a musical family. As a child he spent time practicing the piano, while others were out playing sports. This dedication led him to a lifetime of sharing his gift with others. He traveled around the world with a band after college entertaining the troops and was a Director of Music at 3 different churches. He was often found at family gatherings, sitting at the piano sharing his songs and stories.

Bob proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1965 and truly loves his country. He began working in the commercial insurance industry at the end of his military term and continued to work – doing what he loved – until his most recent hospitalization in March of 2023. In addition, he became certified in broadcast engineering and volunteered countless hours, over 32 years, growing the video and broadcast ministry for Westside Church. Bob was a servant, a leader, and a mentor – sharing his passion and love for Christ in everything he did.

Bob married Sally Sheridan in 1961 in Miami, Florida, and they began their family in 1965. He was a father of 2, grandpa of 4 and a great grandpa to 5 precious children. He was a protector and provider and loved deeply. He leaves us all with wonderful memories and will truly be missed.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Robert Alexander Drake; and his mom, Ruth Drake; brother, James Otis Drake; sister-in-law, Martha Drake.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; daughters, Diane Hansen (Mark) and Debbie Portofee (Marc); grandchildren: Ryan, Brandon, Marcus and Chelsea (Jonathan); great-grandchildren: Kaydance, Nikolas, Aubrey, Caroline and Scarlett.

He loved the lord and strived to live each day based on one of his favorite Bible verses:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3: 5-6

FAMILY RECEIVES FRIENDS: Thursday, May 18, 2023,  from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Westside Church 15050 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68154

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Friday, May 19, 2023, 10:30 am, Westside Church 15050 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68154

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Westside Church.

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  • Dan Buck Posted May 13, 2023 6:00 pm

    I had the honor of being a colleague and friend of Bob’s. He was always an inspiration to me and someone I could share stories and pray with at work. That’s not real common these days. When he learned that my dad had passed he spoke to me in a way that others didn’t. I don’t know how to explain it. He always asked how my mom was doing after she had taken her first bad fall. Bob shared stories with me that inspired me and his day to day routine and desire to always be able to tell Sally he had some awesome wins helped me recognize what a grounded love is. Thank you, Bob. I appreciate the rock you are in my life. I refuse to say were because Bob is in the Dan I am today and I am blessed because of that.

  • Peggy and Julie Gaffe’ Posted May 14, 2023 7:23 am

    We love your family and you are in our prayers. Bob was the best rummy partner! He is with our Lord

  • Brooke Williams Posted May 14, 2023 12:55 pm

    I had the honor of working with Bob straight out of my college days as I began a career in radio. He was always kind and had. a smile for everyone. I randomly ran into him several years in a row at the apple jack festival and it was always a pleasure to see him. What a great man!!

  • Jeff Kaiser Posted May 15, 2023 2:24 pm

    I worked with Bob at KGBI. We had some great chats while we worked together. He always spoke so lovingly of his family and was quick to smile! I pray the God of all comfort, comforts you…may He make all grace abound to you as He bottles your tears and holds you close to His heart. I’m reminded of John 15:16 when Jesus said “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…” The lives Bob touched are an evidence of that! God bless you…

  • Bill Windhorst Posted May 16, 2023 5:44 pm

    My condolences to Bob’s family. He was sure a blessing to us at Boys Town. Thank you for sharing him!
    He is at peace in God’s arms now.

  • Theresa Revoy Posted May 18, 2023 3:07 pm

    My deepest condolences to Bob’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Bob downtown in the insurance industry. Bob was kind, professional, knowledgeable and a great role model. He was always willing to share a laugh and give an encouraging word. He will be missed. Wishing your family comfort and peace.

  • Joseph Schaaf Posted May 18, 2023 5:02 pm

    I had the distinct honor of working with Bob at THREE Insurance and I will testify to the light and love Bob brought into our lives. With a smile on his face and love in his heart Bob was a happy warrior for bringing joy into this world. I truly will miss him but am so glad to have had a brief time with this truly fine gentleman. You will always be with us Bob and while we extend gratitude to your family for sharing you with the world, we wish you peace and joy in a more deserving place. Namaste friend!
    Joseph Schaaf

  • Wallace and Patricia Bell Posted May 18, 2023 5:32 pm

    So sorry fro your lass. May he rest in pease amen

  • Mike Jurado Posted May 18, 2023 6:38 pm

    I worked with Bob at BH. Extremely nice man. Never got to actually meet Bob in person but talked to him many times on the phone and would see him during team Zoom meetings. God Bless your family. Rest in Peace, Bob.

  • Jennie Rodriguez Posted May 19, 2023 8:21 am

    My condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing, I worked with Bob at THREE Insurance and I can attest that he was light for us all. He always reminded me of what the WORLD needs more of. He has now earned his crown of life. Till we meet again!

  • deanna wiethop Posted June 2, 2023 11:32 am

    Sally and Family, My deepest condolences to the Drake family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sorry I missed the visitation, but I was out of town. God bless.

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