Grand Island resident Eldeen D. Drake, 87, passed away Friday, March 24, 2023, at her home in Grand Island, NE.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Kenesaw Cemetery with Pastor Paul Ozbun officiating. There will be a book signing 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Easter Seals.
Eldeen was born on February 29, 1936, in Holstein, NE, to Erwin G. & Emma D. (Claasson) Riese. She graduated from Holstein High School and attended Hastings College, University of Nebraska, CCC Hastings, and Travel School in Kansas City, KS.
Eldeen married Roland M. Drake in 1956; they later divorced. She was an executive secretary for numerous businesses in the area. Eldeen was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church ELCA in Grand Island.
Eldeen was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Erwin D. Riese, Anna M. Riese, and Roy & Darlene Sanford.
Children & Spouses:
Jolene Drake – Grand Island, NE
Courtney Drake – Hansen, NE
Whitney Drake – Grand Island, NE
Shirley & David Carpenter – Grand Island, NE
Marissa (Drake) Reha
Nieces, Nephews & Other Extended Family