October 11, 1940 - February 27, 2023

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Dennis Mendel Drake, 82, passed away peacefully on Monday February 27th, 2023 at his Florida home. He was born October 11th,1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Arthur Mendel Drake and Helen (nee Butcher) Drake. He was a graduate of St. Cloud State University (Minnesota). He and Bonnie Phillips were married in 1992.

During his life he worked a teacher followed by 22 years in the computer industry for Sperry/Unisys. He and Bonnie purchased and operated the Lena KOA Kampground in IL in 1995, and retired in 2006, spending many happy years in Grove, OK. They relocated to Mesa, AZ in 2015. His interests included flying and he was a Pilot in Civil Air Patrol. He also enjoyed operating his HAM radio, square dancing, sailing and world travel. Denny loved animals and his many rescued dogs and cats over the years.

Denny is survived by his wife Bonnie, daughter Deanne Drake, son Matthew (Tanya) and grandsons Alex and Eli Drake, stepson Patrick Phillips (Susan), stepdaughter Jodene Moore and her sons Josh (Ester), Cade and Jackson, granddaughter Heather (Michael) and great-grandchildren Kenley and Blake Roettger. He is also survived by his brother David Drake and many other family members and friends. Arrangements for a Celebration of Life to be held in Minnesota are pending.