James passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Life Care Center in Plainwell. He was born July 21, 1938 in Otsego to Clare and Alice (Kling) Drake. He had worked at Harding's Market for 19 years before starting Jim Drake and Sons Construction Company. Jim loved nature and enjoyed bird watching, hunting, fishing, walking through the woods, hiking and cooking. He was active with Alcoholics Anonymous and liked attending retreats and being a mentor. He was a 1956 Otsego High School graduate and enjoyed keeping in touch with his classmates and helping to organize class reunions. Jim took pride in sending Christmas cards each year to everyone on his list. On July 15, 1983 he married Carol Rysenga who passed away in October 2017. Surviving are his children, Jim (Tammy) Drake and Mark Drake; step-children, Dawn (Greg) Seiler, Luanne (Bob) Karabensh and Andrew Rysenga; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and siblings, Joan (Les) Gregersen, Judy (Rich) Haugh and Bruce (Terry) Drake. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Friends may visit with Jim's family from 6-8 P.M., Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Cremation will follow. Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township. Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.