Michael "Mike" Oakes Custer Michael "Mike" Oakes, 66, Custer, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 18. He was born on June 29, 1946 in Mt. Clemens, son of Francis and Peggy (Close) Oakes. He graduated from Holt High School in 1964. He was an avid Michigan State University fan and graduate of MSU with a bachelor's degree in math. Mike earned his master's degree in education leadership from Western Michigan University. Mike married Jeanne Sigsby on August 23, 1969 in Lansing at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Mike is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jeanne Oakes of Custer; mother, Peggy Oakes of Holt; son, Todd Oakes of Custer; daughter, Carley Oakes-Mayotte of Ft. Myers, Florida; 2 grandchildren; sister, Linda (Mark Trierweiler) Hundt and sister, Pam Oakes of Land O'Lakes, Florida. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, March 22, 2013 in Ludington.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 26, 2013