John Evans Drake, 79

John Evans Drake, 79, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri departed this life and met his Savior, Saturday, August 15, 2020 at his home surrounded with love and family. John was a 1958 Camdenton High School graduate later attending the University of Missouri in Kansas City earning a Bachelor’s degree in business.

In 1959 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Boone and to this union two children were born; they later divorced. In 1967, he was united in marriage to Constance “Connie” Simons; she preceded him in death on February 8, 2001. In 2002 he was united in marriage to Linda (Hopkins) Harris; she survives.

John was employed as a building inspector for the City of Lee’s Summit. He was a Master Plumber and also owned and operated House Doctor Plumbing. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. His true passion in life was investing in peoples spiritual lives. He was the founder of Opened Door Ministries in Laurie, Missouri and was an active member of Eagle Creek Church. John was also preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Ruth (Evans) Drake, and one sister, Marilyn Johnson. He is survived by his wife Linda; six children, David Drake, Terre Gruetze, Lori Sanders, Drake, Amy Owings, and Emily Smith; six stepchildren, Mike Harris, Liz Franks, Steve Harris, Matt Harris, John Harris, and Paul Harris; 28 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Dan Drake; two nieces, Cathy) Loudermilk, and Susan Manton; other relatives and friends.

A celebration of John’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Eagle Creek Church, 125 SE Stuart Rd, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64082 A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in the Dale Blair Cemetery, Camdenton.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hope Faith Ministries and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

Posted online on August 19, 2020