Mr. Eugene (Gene) Bartleson Drake, 86, passed away in Henderson, Ky., on April 17 after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Estelle Barnett Drake; daughter Debby Wilson (Cass) of Henderson, Ky.; and son Dr. David Drake (Malissa) of Charlottesville, Va. He has seven grandchildren Kara Geoghegan (Geoff), Amy Anderson (Nick), Will Wilson (Michele), Will Drake (Catherine), Lauren Drake, Emarie Drake, Ben Drake, and seven great-granddaughters.
Mr. Drake graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1952 with a degree in Civil Engineering, and worked for the State Department of Highways for 38 years. He retired as the Assistant Director of the Division of Design. He served as President of the Kentucky Association of Transportation Engineers. His work was recognized by an award from the Kentucky Rehabilitation Association for his barrier free designs for handicap access. In retirement, he served on the Kentucky Retirement System Board for eight years.
Gene was a devout former member of Highland Christian Church in Frankfort, Ky., serving as Elder, Chairman of the Board, and teacher of the Joy class. He was also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Frankfort including serving as President. After relocating to Henderson, he joined the First Christian Church.
Gene was an avid golfer, tennis player, lover of bridge and lover of life. Affectionately known in his family as “PaPa,” he will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held in Frankfort, Ky. at Highland Christian Church on June 14 at 2 p.m. The family requests that expressions of sympathy include your local Hospice Chapter.