Philip E. Drake

May 7, 1931July 31, 2018
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Philip E. Drake, 87, of Kokomo passed away at 6:29 PM Tuesday July 31, 2018 at his residence. Born May 7, 1931 in Tipton County he was the son of the late Ralph Drake and Dena (Halley) Drake. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a piano tuner technician and a professional jazz musician all of his life. His passion was music. He served as president of the musicians union of Kokomo for 8 years. Phil was a well known musician and band leader around Kokomo most of his life. He played with some of the jazz greats such as Joe Venuti, Barrett Deems, Lionel Hampton, Clyde McCoy, and Woody Paul of Riders in the Sky. He also had a very creative mind for building wheels, domes, and other geometrical structures. In his life he built two of his own homes. He loved life, loved playing pool with his youngest daughter, was very social, and never knew a stranger.

Survivors include one son Kim (Nancy) Drake of Kempton; two daughters Melody DiPrima and Melissa Dye, both of Kokomo; two brothers Ralph Lee (Janet) Drake of Greenwood and Kerry (Linda) Drake of Kempton; two sisters Ruth Ellen (Bob) Russell of Elgin, Illinois and Becky Martin of Frankfort.There are also grandchildren Summer Bailey, Aubrey Drake, Autasha Stroud, Jada Brown, Jasmin Whitmer, and Mia D' Aquisto; great grandchildren Boston Bailey, Briley Bailey, Callie Richardson, Tamiah Jackson, Lucas Drake, Gavin Sample, and Breanna Drake. He was also survived by his friend and companion Diane Coffey.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday August 6, 2018 at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 South Webster Street, Kokomo. Pastor Kim E. Drake will officiate. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday at the mortuary. Memorials may be directed to the family. Envelopes will be available at the mortuary.


  • Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 6, 2018

Philip E. Drake

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James and Thelma Jarrett

August 21, 2018

I met Phil, Kim, Melony and Melissa in Prairie Township. Kim and I went to school together. We didn't reconnect until years later in junior high. Spent a lot of time over at your house and shared a few TV dinners too! Went to Haworth together and you even performed our marriage years later. You have been a great friend. I am sorry for not being there in your time of sorrow. I always thought fondly of your father and he will be missed. All our condolences.

Kelly Davis

August 8, 2018

Uncle Phil always had a story to tell. He had the best hair-do and a warm smile for all. No more nasty little darkie things in the attic, those days are over! on to freedom! Hope you went to Heaven, believing a nice man like you did.
Kelly K

Keria Hill

August 6, 2018

Phil was such a great friend! He never met a stranger, as in he made a point to learn names—- and follow up. We’d talk about something in the morning, and he’d be back later to add a thought or ask a question he’d come up with thru the day.. He wanted to know how I was doing, and to share life stories, I always knew he genuinely cared, he was truly a friend. I met him at the Windmill Grill, but I LOVED that he’d invite me & my daughter over to listen to him play the piano, & he’d join for Kalia’s bday parties. My daughter, Kalia, would light up when she saw him—- she always had a hug for Phil—- and he always welcomed her. I won’t forget when she wanted him to wear her favorite pink necklace at her party, and he obliged her with a huge smile... I enjoyed listening to him tell me about his family, he was very very proud to share family stories! AND IT WAS SO COOL to find out that he grew up as a close friend to my dear Grandpa Walter & my great Uncle Jim. Everything about Phil was just special—- we could talk for hours.. Phil will be greatly missed, but the impact he made on my heart, and the wisdom & kindness he shared will always be there. I love you Phil— thank you for being my friend!!

Milt Brown

August 4, 2018

Phil and I were good friends. . We had lunch at the Windmill Grill last Sunday as we often did.
He will be greatly missed by me and all of his family and friends. He never met a stranger as was mentioned in his obituary.