The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


September 8, 2013

Richard Wake Jr.

Richard Wake, 92, a resident of Bradenton, Fla., since 1989, passed away at 2:38 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Tidewell Hospice, Bradenton, Fla.

Born Feb. 6, 1921, in Clinton, Ind., he was the son of Richard and Catherine Wake Sr. Catherine Wake was born Jan. 2, 1898, in Scotland, and she was a daughter of Thomas and Roseann McGowan Carroll. She married Richard Wake, Sr. on July 31, 1917, in Clinton, Ind. He died in June 1962.

Richard is preceded in death by two sisters, Roseada Alesi of Danville, and Lawrence (Catherine Marie) DeLattre of Westville. He has five nephews and seven nieces.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Richard (Alice Janette Wake Jr.) of Bradenton, Fla.; two sons, Warren Wake of Tampa, Fla., and John Wake of Bradenton, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Lou-Ann) Derryberry of Bradenton, Fla.; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

In 1950, Richard Wake Jr. received the Vail bronze medal from the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. for his part in saving the life of an Illinois Power Co. worker injured by a high-voltage wire. He raised his family in Danville and worked for Illinois Bell. He was a loving husband, a strong father figure and loved spending time with his family.

Richard received his honorable discharge from the Army/Air force (1940-1945) and served in the Pacific and Republic of Panama. Sgt. Richard Wake completed the United States Army Air Forces Factory Training Course (1944) conducted by the Boeing Aircraft Company at Seattle, Wash., under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces, which recognizes his ability to accomplish service and maintenance operations on Boeing B-29 airplanes.

His decorations and citations were: American Defense Service Ribbon with Bronze Battle Star in lieu of clasp American Theater Ribbon Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, one Service Stripe, six Overseas Service Bars and Good Conduct Medal.

A celebration of Richard’s life will begin at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 12, at the new Sarasota, Fla., VA Cemetery. Bill Redlich of Evanston, Ill., who served during WW2 as an engineer has written a eulogy for his brother-in-law.

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