John Clyde Drake
October 1, 1945 – May 5, 2020
John Clyde Drake, 74, went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2020. He passed peacefully at home with his family by his side.
John was born in Toledo, OH and attended the University of Toledo, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, he joined the United States Army as a Field Artillery officer stationed at Fort Sill, OK. He spent much of his professional career packaging natural gas compressors. He was a brilliant engineer and mentor to many young engineers entering the industry. John loved everything outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He loved to collect firearms, even building several muzzleloaders himself. John always loved to build things. He built an entire castle that has been at West Memorial Elementary for many years. John was a coach for every sport his son tried and a volunteer in the band, church, and many other organizations. He loved Hydrox cookies and M&Ms.
John was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, and his father, Melvin. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon, his son, David, his daughter-in-law Mandy, his granddaughter Maddy whom he adored, and his sister Jean Winebrenner. He will also be missed by many of his coworkers in the gas compression industry.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of John Clyde Drake will be held at Katy Funeral Home on Saturday, May 9th at 11 am. The service will be livestreamed on Katy Funeral Home's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KatyFuneralHome/).
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of John Drake.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
John Clyde Drake
May 9, 2020
John was a great engineer. He went through many evolutions of the company--Tidewater Compression, Universal and Exterran. He was gentle, a hard worker with an easy smile. John was well respected in the industry and was appreciated by the company and his co-workers. So sorry I couldn't be there to pay my respects.
God bless him and protect his family.
May 8, 2020
John was the coach for the first baseball team our oldest, Adam, played on. The Astros won/loss record was pretty sad but the boys had a great time. What a job, trying to teach little boys the game of baseball! John organized team cookouts and father/son games and we had a great group of parents. Best times ever! Many of the same parents helped to paint the castle created for West Memorial Elementary’s library right in John’s driveway. Although I haven’t seen him in many years, we often talk about what great times those were and the wonderful memories we’ve made.
May 8, 2020
John Drake was a great colleague to work with during my Tidewater/Universal/Exterran days. John was always upbeat and a great teacher to younger engineers coming up in the business. As a sales guy it was a pleasure working with John and I remember his humor and how John was very proud of his family. John didn’t talk about himself but after reading his obituary, it was neat to see that John was an artillery army guy trained in OK and years later his son followed in his dads footsteps. Prayers and thoughts to the Drake family. See you in heaven my friend. God bless.
May 8, 2020
John was a wonderful addition to our family when he fell in love with my sister Sharon. When I think of the things I love to do many of them were inspirations from John. He introduced me to camping, shooting, Lake Erie fishing, back road exploring, fine dining and more. Our yearly family Christmas celebrations together hold many precious memories for me. This soft spoken Texan will own a very special place in my heart for ever. You will be greatly missed.
May 7, 2020
John will be missed by many. I worked with John at Universal/Exterran. John was a friend and someone I respected immensely. Prayers for the family and friends who are suffering during this trying time.
Joe and Linda Langlitz
May 6, 2020
John was a gentleman. He was a good friend. Joe loved working with John for many years in the oil and gas industries and treasures many memories.