Robert F. Drake Jr.

Robert Drake

Robert F. Drake Jr., age 78, of Brookfield. Beloved husband of Carol Drake, nee Mazur; loving brother of Ann L. (Robert Radzak) Drake; brother in law of Christine (the late Fred) Wojciuch and  Tom (the late Kathy) Mazur; uncle to David (Brandy) Wojciuch and Ryan (Alicia) Wojciuch; great uncle of Alison, Luke, Aiden and Rowen.

Visitation Wednesday, December 27, 2023 from 3 PM to 8 PM and Thursday, December 28, 2023 from 10:30 AM to time of Service at 11 AM at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., at 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.

Information (708) 485-2000 or

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  1. Angela Young condolence:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Bobby’s passing. He and I shared several wonderful conversations over the years at family gatherings. He was a wonderful man!
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this great time of sorrow.

    Much love,

    Angela, Jason & Jared

  2. Stacie Kolb condolence:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of him. Uncle Bob blessed me with many wonderful memories growing up. He had a way of making everything fun. From Cessna rides, to cruising in his red convertible or his firebird. Picnics at the park with a castle. He made life an adventure full of laughs and lots of smiles. He will always be thought of with much fondness. I’m glad he had someone as wonderful as you to make him happy, in this wonderful adventure we call life.
    With love always. Carol, are in my thoughts and prayers
    Stacie Ann

  3. Dan Letcher condolence:

    Cathy and I send our deepest sympathies. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Dan and Cathy Letcher

  4. Craig kolb condolence:

    I first met Bob at the Cordova power plant we became friends my kids called him uncle Bob we both liked classic cars travel etc. We visited each other even though we lived far apart I will forever miss him

  5. David and Julia Bart condolence:

    We are deeply saddened by your loss. We have many happy memories of sharing various radio related activities and events with you and Bob. They were wonderful years and wonderful times with many friends. Bob always left us with a smile; what a gentleman and a class act. You have our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts are with you and the family.
    David and Julia Bart

  6. Guk Adams condolence:

    Although I never worked directly with Bob during my two decades at ComEd I did know him socially (through others in The Company). I look back pleasantly to the extended breakfasts we often shared with Bob and Carol, the Hajeks, my wife and I. Collectively we never completely straightened out the problems of the world but not for lack of trying.

    Seriously, Bob was a good conversationalist, always positive, energetic, interested in a half-dozen projects (it seems to me). Let me say it: Bob was fun.

    Although far too many years have passed since we last got together, I think of him occasionally with great fondness. The loss of a good man is never easy. My condolences, Carol. I hope you derive some comfort in knowing family, co-workers, friends and even distant acquaintances are mourning your loss as well.

  7. Jeff Aulik condolence:

    I knew Bob and Carol through the Antique Radio Club of Illinois. Bob was a great guy, very knowledgeable, always with a smile and handshake at the meets. I’ll miss him.

  8. Russell condolence:

    I’m sorry for your loss

  9. Eleanore Mate condolence:

    Dear Carol,Alto Buddy, and dear Bob. Both of you have been in my prayers for years. I always enjoyed a speaker phone visit and imagined your smile, Bob. A favorite visit I remember was a trip to the Lizzadro Museum after an art show.
    I believe that you are looking over your/our dear Carol.
    There have to be Antique Radio enthusiasts in Heaven. Enjoy…no more pain. Love you Both, Lee

  10. Marlene Louise Galante condolence:

    Dear Carol,
    Adding my condolences on the passing of your dear Bob, and offering my prayers to bring peace and comfort to you and the family during the days ahead. With so many fond thoughts and memories of our friendship over so many decades, I will always honor Bob’s sense of adventure for living, his good humor, and how much YOU meant to him. With my deepest sympathy,
    Marlene Galante

  11. Norman Flasch condolence:

    Carol, My condolences to you and your family. I am saddened by your loss. Both Judy and I very much enjoyed our times together at Radiofest for many years. Bob was a great guy with a very big heart. I always enjoyed and learned from our conversations. Judy as well. My precious Judy passed away more than 2 years ago. I share your sadness. There will be a special place in my memory and heart for Bob.

  12. Barb Molina (HGA theater group) condolence:

    Dear Carol,
    I am so sorry for your loss of your dear husband, Bob. I remember when we did Oklahoma together and you were helping with props and Bob was giving us some of his input. Such good memories of times shared. May these fond memories be ever-present and carry you through the difficult times.
    With Sympathy,
    Barb Molina
    Guardian Angel Players
    Holy Guardian Angels parish

  13. Robert Gabriel condolence:

    Dear Carol,
    I’m am saddened by the news of Bob passing. I wish you the best of luck in hard times. He was a great man and he will be missed.

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