Callan Richard Drake

A precious gift given by God, Callan Richard Drake was born on Thursday, June 29, 2017 and was called home to God on Thursday, November 2, 2017. He was 4 months and 4 days old.

A time of gathering will be held on Monday, November 6, from 4-7 pm at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake, MN. A Celebration of Life Service will be on Tuesday, November 7 at 2:30 pm, with an additional time of gathering from 1:30-2:15 pm, both at St. Michael’s Catholic Church 16311 Duluth Avenue SE, Prior Lake, MN. Deacon Dick Roy and Pastor Michael Golay will lead the service. Callan’s pallbearers will be his uncles, Keith Drake and Levi Schneider. He will be laid to rest at Credit River Cemetery, Prior Lake, MN.

Over the past years, Kyle and Ali have been busy raising twins, Joslynn and Jace and younger son, Micah, when they found themselves excited about the joys of another baby to be born mid-summer. On February 9, they received the unexpected news that their unborn sweet little baby had a heart defect call Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). The Drake family’s journey began. Kyle and Ali remained strong and felt comfort in knowing God has a plan for their little blessing, while Joslynn, Jace and Micah grew super excited about the arrival of their new brother or sister.

After months of anticipating their new baby, Kyle and Ali welcomed a son on June 29, at 9:55 am. He was 7lbs and 11oz. They named him Callan Richard Drake. His name, Callan, was chosen because it means strong in battle, and Kyle and Ali knew he’d have a fight ahead of him. His middle name, Richard, was Callan’s great grandfather’s name.

Callan was a precious gift from God. He had big beautiful brown eyes and incredibly long eye lashes. Callan had light brown hair with an adorable mohawk of curls at the top. Everyone in the CVCC (Cardio Vascular Care Center) unit was in love with him and quickly had a special connection with him. Nurses would stop by just to fuss over him.

The joys of a new son, lasted only a few seconds, before Callan was whisked away and the trials and tribulations began. At three days old, he endured open heart surgery, the first of many surgeries. But through it all, Callan amazed everyone with his bravery and strength. He overcame countless obstacles week after week. On July 2, Callan was introduced to his older siblings for the first time. They fought with each other about who was going to sing him Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star first!

Even thou Callan was an extremely sick little boy, he often greeted you with his giant smile and strong spirit. On those tough days, Callan’s pouty lower lip would make an appearance. He also had very expressive little eye brows. He kept a close eye on the doctors and nurses, who joked about him giving them the “stink-eye”. Callan enjoyed sucking on his hands, reading books, listening to mommy sing, and watching his balloons above his bed. In more recent weeks, Callan too enjoyed his red (therapy) chair, allowing him to sit up and look around.

Callan was truly a special gift from God. Even thou his presence here on earth was only 126 days, Callan still touched so many lives. He was deeply loved unconditionally by family, friends and hospital staff. But on the evening of November 2, 2017, Callan passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving parents. He fought hard, but God had other plans for him. Kyle and Ali take comfort in knowing that even though they only had a short time with Callan on earth, they will all be together for eternity in Heaven.

Forever missed, Callan will always remain in the hearts of those who loved him the most, parents, Kyle and Ali; siblings, Joslynn and Jace (twins) and Micah; grandparents, Paul and Pauline Drake, Jeff and Alissa Schneider; great-grandparents, Monica Roe, Keiran “OB” (Diane) O’Brien, Ronald and Jo Ann Schneider; loving aunts, uncles, cousins and devoted friends.

Callan was greeted in heaven by his great-grandparents, Tom and Phyllis Drake, Richard Roe and Helen O’Brien and by his great-aunt, Amy O’Brien.

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  1. Paul Stanuch and Diane Lillquist :

    We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Karla and Bill Clark :

    We are so sorry for the loss of your precious son. We will continue to pray Gods peace love and comfort on your family.

  3. Todd & Laurie Hansen :

    We’re so incredibly sorry for your loss. We pray you can feel at peace knowing Callan is healthy and strong now living in peace with his heavenly father.

    Our deepest condolences and God’s greatest blessings to you & your loved ones.

  4. Janis and Les Buesgens :

    So sorry for the loss of your precious son Callan.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Daniel O'Brien :

    Dear Ali, and Kyle, I cannot imagine a harder thing than to watch a child die. I am encouraged by your commitment to your child and the obvious respect you have for life and love in your hearts. Our sincere wishes of peace in your hearts goes out to you from Chiaki and Dan O’Brien. What a blessing to have you share your courage, strength, and love with us and others.
    Our Condolences.
    Love, Dan and Chiaki O’Brien

  6. Nancy O’Brien :

    Sending love to all of you.

  7. Terese Latterell :

    Sending prayers and love to you. I am so sorry.

  8. Jeremy and Karen Maresch :

    Dear Ali and Kyle, Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  9. Ann Buley Hough :

    Dear Ali,and Kyle, Joslynn, Jace, and Micah, and extended family,
    We send our love, thoughts, and prayers for your very young precious Callan. May God’s grace help you and all your family heal during this time of loss.
    Our Sympathy,
    Ann, Bruce, Zoe and Clayton Hough

  10. So, so sorry to hear about your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and will keep your family in my prayers.

  11. Karin & John O'Brien :

    Dear Ali, Kyle and family,
    We were so very saddened to learn of the loss of your son, Callan. Although he was only on this earth for a short time, he will live in your hearts forever. He is now at peace with the Lord.
    All our sympathy,
    Karin & John O’Brien

  12. Gwen and Mark Valiant :

    We carry all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Callan is an angel who is blessed to have each of you for the love you have given him.

  13. Donald O'Brien :

    Kyle & Ali,
    We are saddened to hear of the loss of your wonderful child. We offer our deepest sympathies, in this difficult time.
    With our Love,
    Donald & Shelley O’Brien Family

  14. My Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family and sweet baby Callan. He was such a little warrior and fought so hard. He will forever be remembered in the unit and in my thoughts.

    Ashley RN

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