Allen G. Drake


On Friday, October 15, 2021, Allen George Drake of Bismarck, ND, formerly of Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away surrounded by family at the age of 89.

Allen was born on February 24, 1932, in Casselton, ND to George and Loretta (Courneya) Drake.  Allen met the love of his life, Elaine, when he transferred from the Holy Rosary Catholic School to DLHS in the 9th grade and they were inseparable from then on.  After graduating in 1951, he enlisted in the USAF and was stationed in Tokyo during the Korean War as a cryptographer. He was especially proud of serving his country and sported his Korea Veteran hat wherever he went. On December 7, 1954, he married Elaine Kershner and together they were blessed with 3 children. They raised their family in Detroit Lakes and owned several businesses; Elaine’s Sandwich Hut, South Shores, and DLTV & Appliance. Allen enjoyed hunting, fishing at Pippette, but mostly spending time with his family. After retiring, they spent winters in Mazatlan and Texas. 

Allen is survived by his wife, Elaine, his daughter, Dee (Duane) Stanley and sons, Dana and Danil Drake, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 2 PM at the Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes.