SHERMAN LEROY "SHERM" DRAKE, 92, a longtime Sedro-Woolley resident passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, March 23, 2002.
Sherm was born on January 18, 1910 in Fort Rock, Oregon, one of eleven children of Lyman Bert & Viola Frances Osborne Drake. He was raised in Fort Rock until 1920 when the family began a trek to Skagit County, arriving in the fall of 1922. He grew up in Sedro-Woolley and graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School with the class of 1928. Sherm worked as a clerk for Parker’s Grocery in downtown Sedro-Woolley for several years. On May 1, 1938 he was married to Betty Chambers. In 1948 they purchased a grocery store on East State Street in Sedro-Woolley, changing the name to Drake’s Grocery, which they operated for many years. Betty passed away in 1982 and on October 9, 1983 Sherm married Mary Sackman, and they had over 17 years together until her death on February 1, 2002.
Sherm was a whiz with numbers and worked as a bookkeeper, maintaining the financial books for businesses such as for Oliver-Hammer Clothing for over 50 years and Skagit Steel, along with several other businesses. He also prepared personal tax returns until just recently.
Sherm was a 50 year member of the Knights of Pythias, a 35 year member of the Sedro-Woolley Rotary Club. He was also a longtime member of the Mount Vernon Elks and the Trinity United Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed playing golf and baseball and going pheasant hunting with friends.
He is survived by a step-son, Gary Sackman and his wife, Nanci, of Shawnee, OK. One brother, Ivan Drake and his friend Doreen Rothwell of Burlington, WA, and one sister, Rosemma Cole of Auburn, WA. One nephew, Jim Nancy Drake. eight nieces, Lorna Wayne Shuler, Nancy Jordan, Diane Ronald Franz, Marilyn Marvin Hepola, Annette Gerald Johnson, Connie Lynn Faulk, Janice Bob Riese and Sally Rick Hann and a host of other family members and friends. Besides Betty & Mary, Sherm was also preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday March 27, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley. Pastor Wendy Tingley of Trinity United Presbyterian Church will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery. Memorials to the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society, Fort Rock, OR 97735 or the Sedro-Woolley Alumni Association are suggested. Services and cremation are under direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share your thoughts and memories of Sherm in the memorial guest book at www.lemleychapel.com