Dennis (D.A.) Oakley, Sr.
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Dennis (D.A.) Oakley, Sr., 82, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Visiting Nurses Hospice. Dennis was born on August 12, 1930 in Princeton, Kentucky to the late Estella (Powell) Oakley and Dennis A. Oakley. He graduated from Bosse High School in 1949. Dennis was a very "Proud American War Veteran". He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 and fought in the Korean War with the 21st Army Regiment, the 24th Division. He was awarded a Purple Heart in 1951. After returning home in 1953, he met his beloved wife and soul mate, Bobbie (Best) Oakley. They were married for 58 happy years.
In his younger years, Dennis was a member of Mt. Olive G.B. Church in Newburgh and served as an ordained deacon for 14 years. He has been a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Evansville for 43 years. He was a life member of VFW 1114 and served as Co-Chairman of the Voice of Democracy Committee for a few years. Dennis worked at GenCorp/General Tire & Rubber for 32 years and retired in 1995 as the Shipping/Receiving Clerk. He was a member of the United Rubber Workers and a member of the United Steel Workers Union when he retired. Later, he was a Wal-Mart door greeter at the east side Wal-Mart store for 14 ? years, having to retire in 2010 because of health problems. He enjoyed spending time and attending events with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sports and traveling.
Dennis loved his family - he was a wonderful husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie; son, Denny, Jr. (Sherry); daughter, Debra (Jack) Stewart; grandchildren, Laura (Wayne) Oakley, Jonathan (Tara) Oakley, Emily Oakley, Matthew Oakley, Alison Oakley, Adam (Carlie) Oakley, Lori (Chris) Emerson, Lindsey (Marty) Wray, and Austin Stewart; great grandchildren, Chance Emerson, Harmony, Harrison and Hayley Wray; Austin Taylor, Jordan Brown, Brynlee Oakley and Chaney Ford; sister, Roberta (Elvis); brothers-in-law, Jimmie Best, Billie (Kathy) Best; nieces and nephews, cousins, and a host of dear friends.
Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday at Sunset Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1811 Lincoln Avenue, 47714, or to Evansville Visiting Nurse Hospice, P.O. Box 3487, 47734, in memory of D.A. Oakley.
Published in Courier Press on Oct. 6, 2012