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Herbert L. Rake

December 24, 1925 ~ September 16, 2018 (age 92)

HERBERT L. RAKE, 92, of Silver Lake, OH, passed away on September 16, 2018 in Cuyahoga Falls. 

He was the beloved husband of Lois E. for over 69 years.  Herb was born on December 24, 1925 in Marietta, OH.  A graduate of Marietta High School, Herb joined the Navy and was sent to Yale University to study engineering; he completed his degree in two and a half years and went on to serve on a ship until 1945.  At the end of the war he was employed by B.F. Goodrich as an engineer in the conveyor belt division.   He continued his employment with B.F. Goodrich until his retirement in 1988.  He was a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts and volunteered as a leader with the YMCA to take boys to Canada for camping and fishing excursions.  He drove for the Red Cross for twenty-five years and served as president of Fox Den Golf Course for twenty-one years. Herb held various leadership roles in Pilgrim United Church of Christ during his sixty-six years of membership. 

He leaves behind, in addition to his wife, son John (Colleen) of Ft. Collins, CO and daughter Linda (Anthony) Burkholder of Mason, MI. He was the cherished grandfather of Derek Burkholder, Jessica (James) Miller, and Jacqueline Burkholder and one great granddaughter, Alexis Miller.  He is survived by brother Forrest Rake (Helen, deceased) and nephew Stewart Rake and niece Regina Bohmfalk.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Gale and Irene Rake. 

Friends and family will be received beginning at 10 AM on Friday, September 21 at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ at 130 Broad Boulevard, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221; the service will follow immediately at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Pilgrim United Church of Christ or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Services entrusted to Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home and Crematory, 330-928-2147.

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