Harry Wake, 74, who retired as chief of the headquarters accounting branch of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1967, died of cancer Sunday at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

A native of St. Joseph, Mo., Mr. Wake was a factory bookkeeper and paymaster for a dry goods company there and later worked as a claims clerk for the Missouri State Employment Service in St. Joseph.

In 1941, he came to this area and became an accountant for the Treasury Department and the old Federal Public Housing Authority. He joined the Coast Guard's accounting branch in 1947.

Mr. Wake earned a degree in accounting and business administration from the Benjamin Franklin University here.

He received the Treasury Department's Albert Gallatin Award.

Mr. Wake was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington.

He was a past president of the Missouri Society of Washington and the Coast Guard Lodge of the American Federation of Government Employees. He also was a former vice president of the National Conference of State Societies and a past treasurer of the North Carolina Society of Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Eula Wilson Wake, a niece, Vickie Wilson and a nephew, David Wilson, all of the home in Silver Spring, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A daughter, Norma Ruth Wake McDonough, preceded him in death.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to cancer research or to St. Paul's United Methodist Church.