Robert (Bob) Drain was born to the union of Calvin and Mattie Drain on April 25, 1943 in Louisville, Kentucky. Robert, the fourth of six children was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings Henry, Willie, Doris, Joyce and Delores.
Born and raised in West End of Louisville (Little Africa). Robert graduated from Central High School in 1961. In 1963, Robert moved to Chicago, Illinois in search of better opportunities. He joined the Illinois National Guard Reserve and began work as a draftsman at Sargent & Lundy.
While employed at Sargent & Lundy, Robert met and fell in love with Norma Jean Bell. They were married on March 23, 1968. From the union of Robertrand Norma, two children were born, Robert Jr. and Stephanie. Bob was preceded in death by Norma and Robert Jr. In addition to grounding his family in love, Robert stressed the importance of character and strength in his children and the drive to do your best, regardless of the circumstances.
Bob enjoyed playing golf and watching sports, but his favorite topic of interest was his family. He adored his granddaughters. As Grandpa, he loved to hear how they saw the world and to watch them shine. They are the embodiment of his love and reflecion of his pride. Bob also enjoyed spending time and sharing wisdom with his friends and family. Bob has a quiet demeanor and felt it important to express love and knowledge through actions rather than words alone. Close friends that Bob enjoyed spending time with over the years included Brock Russell, Millicent Burrell and Fred Turner.
On Monday, October 29, 2018, Robert peacefully made his transition. He will be deeply missed and his memory will be cherished by those who loved him: his loving daughter, Stephanie Drain, daughter-in-law, Bennita Drain; two granddaughters, Ashley Marie and Benneita Denise; three loving aunts, Virgel Stallworth (Kemp), Bernice Jones and Adorries Swain; three brothers-in-law; five sisters-in-law; eleven nieces’ fourteen nephews ans a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins and close friends.
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