Frank Marion Oakes, 86, of Moneta, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014. Born August 23, 1927, in Anderson, IN, he was the son of the late John H. Oakes and Edna M. Pitman Oakes. Frank spent his youth in Knoxville, TN until joining the US coast Guard to serve in World War II. His career in electronic engineering started at the Coast Guard station in Manasquan, NJ and later at Fort Monmouth, Litton Industries and General Electric PLC. He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and the North shore Antique Automobile Club of New Jersey. In retirement, Frank and Mary Jane resided at Smith Mountain Lake. In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Mary Jane Layton Oakes, and a daughter, Robin Oakes Bebel. He is survived by his daughter, Luann Oakes Lightfoot and husband, John Michael, of Bethany, CT; granddaughters, Alex Lightfoot Vinopal and husband, William, of Higganum, CT, Sarah Margaret Bebel, of Charlottesville; and grandsons, John Robert â€œBobâ€ Lightfoot of Woodbridge, and Nicholas Bebel of Newton, MA; a son-in-law, Dennis Bebel of Charlottesville. He will be missed by his family and many dear friends in both New Jersey and around the lake. A celebration of Frankâ€™s life will be conducted at a later date at Quaker Manasquan Friends Meeting House, 2257 Meetinghouse Road, Manasquan, NJ 08736. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Manasquan Meeting Religious Society of Friends, PO Box 522, Manasquan, NJ 08736. Condolences may be sent online at www.tharpfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 540-586-3443.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2014