George Junior Oakley (1925 - 2011)

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Funeral services for George J. Oakley, 86, were conducted by Pastor Jud Stover on Wednesday, Nov. 23. 2011, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. Interment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. The honorary casket bearers ere William P. Roth, Milford Pardee, Emery Petersen, and Tom Chase. The casket bearers were Michael Paulsen, Justin Bowman, Peter Paulsen, Daniel Oakley, Jacob Kazlow, and Benjamin Paulsen. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
George Junior Oakley, the son of George Dewey and Nellie Lucinda Howey Oakley, was born Feb. 15, 1925, at his parents' home in Leroy Township Audubon County, and died Nov. 19, 2011, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 86 years, 9 months, and 4 days.
George attended the First Christian Church in Audubon and then later as an adult became a member of the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. He attended the Audubon Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1943. On Aug. 19, 1943, he enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Force. During his tour of duty he served as an aerial gunner with the 307th Bomb Group 372nd Bomb Squadron and saw action in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 18, 1945, and returned to Audubon.
On Aug. 24, 1945, he was united in marriage to Lois Hutchins at the Christian Church in Logan. Three children Roxanne, David, and Jill were born to this union. George was employed in the newspaper business in Audubon County for many years. He then was employed by Stone Printing in Carroll, for over thirty years until he retired in 2009. He was very creative and considered printing an art.
George was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. He was a member of Dale Christensen Post No. 4119, V.F.W. and Audubon Post No. 120, American Legion. George enjoyed building and flying radio controlled model airplanes. He liked to golf, bowl, play cards and was an avid reader. He and Lois enjoyed traveling across the United States and wintered in Florida for several years. He enjoyed collecting walnuts, hunting mushrooms and going on picnics. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Dorothy and her husband Frank Schmidt, his brothers James and wife Mary Oakley, Howard Oakley, and Allen Oakley, Sr.; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Lucille and husband Alfred Baier, Dean Hutchins, Kathy Hutchins, JoAnn Hutchins, Jack Hilsabeck, and Paul Norris.
Survivors include his wife Lois Oakley of Audubon; his children Roxanne and husband George Meyer of Plymouth, Wisc.; David and wife Vicky Oakley of Deltona, Fla.; Jill and Jay Kazlow of Marietta, Ga.; his grandchildren: Kristin and husband Bill Rooker of Plymouth; Leslie Paulsen of Norcross, Ga.; Michael and wife Vicki Paulsen of Chicago, Ill.; Peter and wife Allison Paulsen of Green Bay, Wisc.; Anne and husband Scott Sprayberry of Lynn Haven, Fla.; Bronwen and husband Sergio Jurado of Casselberry, Fla.; Charity and husband Chris Peterson of Deltona; Daniel Oakley of Deltona; Justin and wife Megan Bowman of Pasedena, Calif.; Jordan Kazlow and Jacob Kazlow both of Marietta; his step-grandchildren: Jeff Meyer of Minneapolis, Minn.; Pamela Bell of Escondido, Calif.; 14 great-grandchildren; his brother and sister: Norma Norris of Des Moines; Lloyd and wife Geneva Oakley of Audubon; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Janice Oakley of Audubon; Carma Hutchins of Audubon; Frank Hutchins of Booneville; Bill and wife Marlene Hutchins of Apache Junction, Ariz.; Harold and wife Doris Akers of Exira; Gary and wife Rhonda Hutchins of Roswell, N.M.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2, 2011
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