Edward "Jack" Oakes, 91, of Hendersonville, died peacefully January 18, 2013 at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, following a brief illness. He was born July 5th, 1921 to Anna Woodward and Daniel Oakes in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marguerite; his sister, Patricia; and his son, Kevin.
A veteran of WWII
, Jack served in the Air Force as an instructor of B29 pilots and flew many missions in the Pacific Theater. At the end of the war as Squadron Commander, he coordinated the return of his men to the states. Following his military service, Jack spent several years with a geophysical research organization in Cambridge, MA. He then became a diplomatic liaison tasked with negotiating agreements with the leaders of many Caribbean nations for the establishment and operation of tracking stations for the space program.
He was a resident of Chelmsford, MA, and Indialantic, FL, before moving to Hendersonville 29 years ago.
Surviving members of his family include his loving wife of thirty years, Barbara; his sons, Richard and Robert of FL; his daughters, Candice Oakes of Hendersonville, and Jacqi Holmstrom of CA; a stepson, Bruce Crawford of Washington, DC; two granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren.
No service is planned at this time.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.