Ted F. Drake, of Newcastle, Wyoming, and Rochford, South Dakota, died unexpectedly on May 17, 2014.
Mr. Drake was born September 30, 1950, in Mitchell, South Dakota, the son of Theodore and Lorraine “La Rayne” Drake. He was raised in eastern South Dakota and graduated from New Underwood High School in 1968. In 1974, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from the National College of Business in Rapid City, South Dakota. On October 16, 1984, he married Sandra Davidson in Denver, Colorado.
He was employed in the oil business as a controller of different companies before moving to Hill City, South Dakota, working at High Country Ranch and as a fireman for the Rochford Fire Department. His latest employment was with the Wyoming State Forestry Division in Newcastle, Wyoming. His favorite pastimes were going to garage sales, auctions, and reading. He also looked forward to an annual family fishing event held on Memorial Day weekend and pheasant hunting in the fall.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Sarah (Chris) Failla and Angela Drake, both of California; three grandsons; brothers, Tim (Mona) Drake and Bob (Pam) Drake; sisters, Kerrill (Joe) Morrison, Kay (Herb) Shadewald, and Lisa (Dennis) DeKraai; Robert Fritz and family; Sandra’s family; and many friends.