Gordon Frank Oakes
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September 7, 1927 - January 24, 2013
SALEM - Gordon Oakes (Gordie) was born in Valentine, Nebraska to Wilbur Oakes and Emma Sanderson and he died in Salem, Oregon. He had two sisters. Gordon grew up in a family of ranchers in South Dakota and Nebraska and he was graduated from high school in Mission, South Dakota in 1945. Gordon served in the US Army during the Korean War where he was a supply sergeant; he served in that capacity until the war ended.
Gordon married Darlene Verdell Allen on June 6, 1954 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. They moved to the Willamette Valley in the seventies where he worked as a postal carrier for the US Postal Service. His wife preceded him in death in June of 1996. They had two daughters, Nancy Lee Vallereux who lives in Salem and Debra Lynne Allen who lives in Stayton. Besides his daughters, he is survived by his sisters, Bonnie Henson, Twin Falls, Idaho; and Virginia Anderson, Glens Ferry, Idaho. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Amanda Rollins who lives in Shreveport, Louisiana and Shawn Vallereux who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. At his request, there will be no service.
He carried this quote in his pocket and he lived by it everyday: "Can you say in parting, With the day that's slipping fast, That you helped a single person, Of the many you have passed? Is a single life rejoicing, Over what you did or said, Does someone whose hopes were fading, Now with courage look ahead? Did you waste the day or use it? Was it well or poorly spent? Did you leave a trail of kindness, Or a scar of discontent? As you close your eyes in slumber, Do you think that God would say, "You have made the world much better, For the life you've lived today."" - Author Unknown
Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 5, 2013