Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jul 19, 1932 – Oct 5, 2018


July 19, 1932
October 5, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Cdr Oaks died of systemic infection; Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma on Friday, October 5, of 2018. Cdr Jacob G. Oaks SC USNR was born on 19 April 1932 in Everett, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Everett High School, Bullis Prep School, USNA 14TH Company and Harvard Business School. He is survived by his wife Barbara L. Oaks and two daughters from a previous marriage, Victoria Lynn Maerker and Stephanie Diane Robinson and 5 grandchildren. Upon graduation from USNA he attended the Navy Supply Corps School at Athens, Ga and was then assigned to the Great Sitkin AE-17, USS Bache DD-470, Harvard Business School, Naval Supply Center P.H. Hawaii, NSA Da Nang, Vietnam, Naval Supply Systems Command, Asst. Sec. Def for I&L and Asst. Sec. Navy I&L. After 20 years service in the Navy he worked for Conrail (railroad) for 20 years as AVP Purchasing retiring again in April 1997. Cdr Oaks was cremated and will be inurned at the USNA Columbarium at a future date.

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My deepest sympathy in the loss of your precious husband Jake. Such a wonderful man who always made me laugh. So enjoyed working with him at Conrail. Such fond memories. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort at this difficult time. Sincerely, Rosemary Buechele Spann.

Oh Barb, my heart is with you, Jake is such a special person, you had a very beautiful love affair and he will be missed forever! All my love to you, Val

Mrs. Oaks, I was very saddened to hear about Mr. Oaks passing. The two of you were always a pleasant surprise whenever you came into the dealership. You both treated me with respect and i enjoyed talking to the both of you. Please take care and I pray for the rest of the family. With deepest regards, Thomas McDonald

Barbara, my sincere condolences to you. Jake was a very special and long-time friend. Jake's style, sense of humor, and remarkable intellect will be long-remembered. We'll miss him a lot. Fondly, George

Dear Barbara

I was very sad and sorry to hear of Jake's passing. My sympathy to you and family. We had known each other for a long time. I will be at USNA at whatever date you plan.

God Bless You,

Mark O'Hara