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ERNEST D. OAKES THE VILLAGES, Fla./ SHELBURNE, Vt. - Ernest D. Oakes, 75, passed away at this home in The Villages, Fla., on Feb. 3, 2014, surrounded by his family. Ernest was born May 13, 1938, in Galesburg, Ill., the son of Thomas and Millie (Shane) Oakes. Ernest came to Vermont as a young man and was employed at General Electric for 17 years. He subsequently retired from IBM and moved to The Villages, Fla., where he enjoyed golf, biking and playing horseshoes. He was a gifted athlete and excelled at the many sports he pursued. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. His down-to-earth practical advice and humor will be greatly missed. He was affectionately referred to as "Bups" by his grand and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet LaForce Oakes; their four children, Susan Oakes of The Villages, Fla., Victor and wife, Kimberly Oakes, of Sheldon, Sharon Swainbank and husband, Philip Gerbode, of North Hero, and Laurie and husband, Keith Duprey, of Swanton; six grand- children, Peter Laroche, Abbey Monette, Kalie Severy, Kellsey Oakes, and Ryan and Andrew Duprey; six great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas and wife, June Oakes, of Pontiac, Ill.; sister, Nancy and husband, Walter Campbell, of Wataga, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Ernest was predeceased by his two sisters, Rita Louise Oakes and Patricia and husband, James Sparks, of La Habra, Calif. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington, with Ernest's nephew, the Rev. Maitland LaForce officiating. Burial will follow in Shelburne Village Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to gather at the home of Philip and Shari in North Hero following the services. Donations in his memory may be made to the Franklin/Grand Isle Parent Child Center, c/o Shari Swainbank, 24 Briarcliff Drive, North Hero, VT 05474.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 29, 2014
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