Several years ago, Ron and Ann Drake signed up for our church’s FriendSpeak program. Each of them had regular sessions with Spanish-speaking readers, using the Bible as the subject for practicing conversational English. At the same time they participated in a beginning Spanish language class I was teaching. We had a lot of fun and I learned to appreciate both of them.
Last month the doctors found a tumor in Ron’s brain. The surgery was the end of September. He struggled for strength a few days, but he couldn’t make it and he died on October 8th. The memorial service was held today at the North County Church of Christ in Escondido. I had known that Ron was a retired air force veteran and that he had since become a teacher of students with special needs. But in concentrating on the elementary Spanish we practiced in our lesson times, I had never thought to ask about his military experience.
Today I heard letters read from men who served with and under him and I copied this caption on a deep frame display of the stripes and patches and other honors he had won.
Ronald J. Drake
Champion of the Total Force
Air Force Transporter, airlifter.
logistician, planner, programmer,
educator, leader, and friend
830th Transportation Squadron
I won’t even try to share all the good things this quiet helpful man did as he shared with the church family here in Escondido. We loved him. We will miss him.