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CHAMPAIGN — Stephen Paul Drake, 59, Champaign, formerly of Farmer City, died suddenly while traveling Tuesday (May 3, 2011) in Kentucky.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Renner-Wikoff Chapel, Urbana. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes or the American Diabetes Association.

Steve was born Nov. 6, 1951, in Urbana, to his parents Richard K. Drake, Urbana, and Marylou Gillis, Farmer City, who survive.

Steve is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia Reilly Drake. He is also survived by his sister, Stephanie Drake, Champaign, and brothers, Stuart (Diana) Drake, Farmer City, and Stanley (Colleen) Drake, Sunrise, Mo.

Steve Drake was an executive vice president and community leader of Heartland Bank and Trust Co. He was a director of Heartland Bank and Trust Co. in Champaign-Urbana. He also served as a director for both the State Bank of Lincoln, Lincoln, and the Farmer City State Bank, Farmer City. Steve was a community banker and a mentor to many during his entire career.

Steve graduated from Farmer City High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. He also received his graduate degree in banking from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition, he was a certified financial planner.

Steve served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged.

He was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge, Champaign-Urbana Chamber of Commerce, Pillar Member of the United Way, supporter of the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and the University of Illinois. As an example of Steve’s numerous anonymous gifts to others, he donated his organs.

Steve brought a passion to life that he shared with others. He enjoyed activities such as fishing and boating, and enjoyed the company of friends and family.

He is survived by friends, family and business associates throughout Central Illinois, and will be remembered in the hearts and souls of many.

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