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Eldeen D. Drake

February 29, 1936 — March 24, 2023

Grand Island

Eldeen D. Drake

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

    Quentin Drake

    Alec Bernstrauch

    Marissa (Drake) Reha

    Andrew Carpenter

    Kenslie Drake

    Aubrey Drake

    Bailey Drake

    Alyas Reha
    Alelina Sanchez
    Amya Brown
    Raylynn Drake
    Jadine Bernstrauch

Nieces, Nephews & Other Extended Family                                                       

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