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Drake, Roger D. “Porky”

ORRVILLE—  Roger D. “Porky” Drake, 71, of Orrville, died November 24, 2019, at Aultman Orrville Hospital, following a period of declining health.

He was born on December 3, 1947, in Lefthand, WV the son of Ralph and Ottis (Ledsome) Drake.  He was united in marriage to Patricia Gelhausen on May 31, 1986, in Rittman.  She survives.

Roger was a press operator at the former Orrville Products Co. for 30 years before his retirement.  He was a member of the Rittman Community Free Will Baptist Church, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting diecast cars.

In addition to his wife, Patricia, he is survived by sons, Eric Drake of Marshallville, Steven Drake of Ypsilanti, MI, and Kevin Drake of Orrville; daughters, Sandra Drake and Deidre Drake, both of Orrville; step-son, Allen Shuck of Wooster; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Roy Drake, Paul Drake, and Ralph Drake Jr.; and a sister, Norma Jean (Paul) Nichols.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandchildren, Kyle and Zackery Shuck, brothers, Robert and Coy Drake, and a sister, Wanda Truman.

Services will be held at Rittman Community Free Will Baptist Church in Rittman, on Friday, November 29, 2019, at 11:00 AM with Pastor John Castle officiating.

Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM prior to the funeral service.

Cremation will take place following the services and burial of cremains will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville, at a later date.

Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at the funeral home web site at

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