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Steve is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia Reilly Drake. He is also survived by his sister, Stephanie Drake of Champaign, and brothers, Stuart (Diana) Drake of Farmer City and Stanley (Colleen) Drake of Sunrise, Mo.
Steve Drake was an executive vice president and community leader of Heartland Bank and Trust Company. He was a director of Heartland Bank and Trust Company 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 United States 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, and a supporter of the March of Dimes, the 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.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 Philo Road, Urbana.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City.
He is survived by friends, family and business associates throughout Central Illinois, and will be remembered in the hearts and souls of many.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes or the American Diabetes Association.
Cliff was born on March 13, 1919, in Rankin, the son of Robert and Edna (Grove) Boehme. He married Margaret I. Pool on Oct. 13, 1946, in Danville. She survives.
He is also survived by a daughter, Rhonda (Tom) Cook of Catlin; two grandchildren, Rob (Dana) Cook of O'Fallon, Mo., and Lisa Cook of Danville; seven great-grandchildren, Skylar Cook, Braydon Cook, Kendra Pittman, Tim Pittman, Jaylen Pittman, Ka`Anna Pittman and Kendrick Pittman; two sisters, Verna Mae Fidler of Normal and Ann Lucas of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert Boehme; two sisters, Iona McBride and Margarette Shank; a grandson, Randall Cook; and a great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Cook.
Cliff graduated from East Lynn High School in 1939. After high school, he joined the United States Navy, where he served on a submarine during World War II. He worked most of his life as a livestock dealer, owning Danville Livestock for a few years. He was a past member of the Elks and was currently a member of Masons-Furtherlight Lodge, GAO Grotto and St. James United Methodist Church.
Cliff enjoyed square dancing and playing softball when he was younger. He raised draft horses and enjoyed going to livestock sales. He knew everybody who owned cattle and everybody knew him. Cliff also enjoyed spending time with his family and his friends.
A celebration of the life of Clifford "Cliff" "Shorty" Boehme will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, a Life Celebration Home, in Danville with Pastor Ken Cox officiating. Burial will follow the service in Sunset Memorial Park with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 210.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with a masonic service at 2:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church or to the Shriners Children's Hospital.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.