OAKES, BERNARD LEE, 66, of Sebring, FL passed away August 7, 2013. He was born in Randalia, IA to Leland and Betty Oakes on October 22, 1946. A veteran of Vietnam serving with the United States Air Force, he also served with the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines where he met and married Francisca "Dee," moved back to Iowa in 1977, then relocated to Sebring in 1979. Bernie was owner of Two Seasons Carpet, was later in auto sales and retired as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor. Bernie was a former member of St. John United Methodist Church, Sebring. He was preceded in death by his wife Dee in 2010 and is survived by his sons, Robert (Paulina) Oakes, Sebring, and Vincent (Dawn) Oakes, Chattanooga, TN; sisters, Randi Harrison, CA and Barb Oakes-Michael, KS; grandchildren, Cody, Cheyenne, Chyna, Chance, Cullen, Brandon, Luke, and great-granddaughter Ignacia. The family will host friends and loved ones for a time of remembrance, fellowship, and refreshment on Sunday at 4:00pm at the home of Robert and Paulina Oakes, 3705 Golfview Road, Sebring. Military Honors will follow at 2:30 pm, Monday, Sarasota National Cemetery by McDill Air Force Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial donations to the Chattanooga Boys Choir, 700-B Pine St, Chattanooga, TN 37402. www.morrisfuneral chapel.com.
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Published in TBO.com on Aug. 10, 2013