In Memory of

James D. “Dan” Drake

December 29, 1962 - July 20, 2022


James Daniel (Dan) Drake,59 of Belton Mo. passed away on July 20, 2022 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00AM  Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 130 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, Mo. 64081. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until the Mass time. Memorial Contributions may be made to: National Wild Turkey Federation – drop box available at the service or mailing address: c/o Kevin Clark, 2604 SW 12th Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Payable to NWTF.

Dan was born on December 29, 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, Friend & Mentor. Dan’s passions were hunting fishing, gardening and mentoring anyone who wanted to learn. He recently discovered kayaking and finished a 340 mile race. He would rather spend a day hunting turkey, deer, mushrooms or fishing. He enjoyed making turkey calls. He loved teaching people how to make them and how to use the calls. He shared shared countless turkey calls with many people. The only payment requirement was a photo of their successful hunt. He loved people and a party. He was generous with his time in many ways
without limitation. He was a role model and father figure. He loved mentoring veterans and children, teaching many of them to hunt. His love for hunting was equal to his love for fishing. His gardens, over the years, fed an entire city. Dan was full of life and loved a challenge. Dan served as President of Heartland Longbeards Chapter of NWTF. The song “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Everyday” truly expressed how
Dan lived.

He is preceded in death by his Grandparents Nelson & Kathleen Wilson, James & Hazel Drake. Brother Randy Drake and Brother in Law Brent Mathews.

Survivors include his Beloved wife, Alisha. Children Jessica (Drew) Jones & Jacob Drake. Bonus children Shawn (Meagan) Maserang, Jeremy Maserang & Kelly Maserang. Grandchildren Brynnlee, Aubriella & Anthony. Parents Don & Jo Ann Drake. Siblings Marty Snyder, Rick (Sheila) Drake, Debby (Ed) Meyer, Judy (Wes) Gibson, Tim (Janice) Drake, Andy (Mary) Drake, Kelly (Hal) Stone, Amy Drake, Drs. Greg (Missy) Drake, Mary (Ahmed) Martinez & Billy Drake. Dan has 56 nieces & nephews and 22 great nieces & nephews alongside countless friends.


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Dan was so full of life! I have wonderful memories of the visits we had with him in Missouri. He was an excellent host and exuded hospitality. I’m glad he was able to enjoy his passions until the end. He will be missed.

“Dan’s passions were hunting fishing, gardening and mentoring anyone who wanted to learn.”

I am married to one of Dan’s many nieces and am a testament to the statement above. My fondest memories of Dan were a result of him inviting me to join in on family fishing adventures at the lake and I will forever be grateful for the way that he made me feel included, as if I was his part of the family from the beginning.

Alsiha, we have been praying for peace and comfort for you and the family in the recent days, and will continue to do so in the days to come. Dan will be missed, but his memory will stay with me forever, and each time I wet a line, I am certain that memory will be top of mind!

Alisha and the Drake family,please except my deepest smypathy on the passing of your loved one.Dan was a very close friend to me and I will miss him.Dan always shared his garden,fish,morels plus a great friendship with me.Rest in peace my friend.

I am devastated with Dan’s passing, my love and intense prayers are with y’all, as always, GOD’S will🙏💖🙏

Dan was such a hospitable and fun guy! We enjoyed the boat trips with him along with the fish he so generously cooked for us. He will be greatly missed! His cordial personality made us feel so welcomed whenever we were with him.❤️ A friend to all!

We are so very sorry for your loss and keeping the family in our heart, thoughts and prayers!

We extend our sincere sympathy to all the Drake family .
May God bless you with acceptance and healing! We will remember him in our thoughts and prayers. Love Arnie and Helen

Although we didn’t know Dan, we know the family and our kids went to school with the Drake children and we remember the family with great fondness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Dear Alisha, Jo Ann, Don and all the family,
I am so sorry for yourloss. I have known Dan since he was a student at St. Regis. with my children. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. May God grant you peace and strength. God Bless, May his soul RIP Sincerely, Pat

My deepest condolences to your family! I have only known Mr. Dan, aka Guito, through Deer Creek office center for about 1 year. He was such a nice man! He frequently shared his Kayaking excursions with me in passing and tried to get me to try it out with him. We talked wine, garden and kayaking over the year that I knew him. He was an amazing man and I am so sorry for your loss!

Everytime you talked to or met with Dan it was always pleasant and positive. HIS dedication to what he believed in was obvious. HE WILL BE MISSED.

Our most sincerest sympathy to my sister-in-law Judy and her entire family in this most difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs and Love

Dan gave many years of service to Musselman & Hall Contractors. He was not only a wonderful employee but a great friend. He will be missed.

Sorry we are out of town and unable to attend the services.


I am so sorry for your loss, Dan was a great friend that was always there when someone was in need. He will truly be missed.

I did not get to know Dan very well as we were simply co-tenants in an office building together. He was always friendly and during our office pot luck meals we would sometimes have, he was always bringing in some of his homemade spice jellies to share and even send home with fellow workers. I still have a mason jar in my refrigerator @ home that I need to finish and return the jar! I didn’t know we both shared a love of kayaking and wish I would have known him better. Way too young to already be gone.

So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a wonderful person. I pray your family can celebrate his wonderful life far into the future.

He was a great guy, and good friend. He will be missed! God be with his family and friends! But we will all meet again!

Just heard of Dan’s passing. Big hugs to the drake family. Dan was a great, kind, caring man with a great passion for conservation! Godspeed Dan Drake!


Tuesday, July 26, 2022
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church
130 NW Murray Road
Lee's Summit, Mo. 64081


Tuesday, July 26, 2022
11:00 AM
Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church
130 NW Murray Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64081