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Howard D. Oakes

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Howard D. Oakes, 82, of Danforth Street, Williamstown, died Monday evening March 7, 2005, at the North Adams Regional Hospital.

He was born on the Oakes family farm in Readsboro, Vt. on June 2, 1922, a son of the late Clifford E. Oakes Sr. and Adelaide Lillian (Tower) Oakes.

He attended schools in South Readsboro, Vt.

He was a decorated WW II U.S. Army veteran where he served in five major battles including the Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland and Central Europe serving with General Patton and was decorated with the Silver Battle Star.

He was employed at the former Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad “Hoot Toot and Whistle” for several years. He then was employed at the Raymond Hathaway Logging Co. in Monroe. Mr. Oakes then was employed at Mount Hope Farm in Williamstown. He was last employed in the buildings and grounds department at Williams College, retiring in 1984.

Mr. Oakes was a 42-year member of the Richard A. Reuther Post No. 152, American Legion, Williamstown where he was a past commander and sergeant of arms. He also was a member of the Williamstown V.F.W. Post No. 8304.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Nora “Peggy” (Blake) Boschetti-Oakes whom he married in June 1960; a daughter, Beverly Haley of Williamstown; a son, David Boschetti of Pinellas Park, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marion Snow of Monroe and Mildred Caprari of Clarksburg; and a brother, Douglas E. Oakes Sr. of Monroe.

He was predeceased by two sons, James Oakes, who died Sept. 5, 1980, and Lawrence Thomas Boschetti, who died Sept. 24, 1997; and two brothers, Clifford E. Oakes Jr., who died July 19, 1983, and Richard F. Oakes, who died Oct. 29, 1999.

Funeral services for Howard D. Oakes will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, with the Rev. Penny Rich Smith, pastor of the Second Congregational Church of South Williamstown, officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the family plot in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations are suggested for the Williamstown American Legion or the Williamstown V.F.W. through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 10, 2005
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