William A. “Bill” Oakley, 96, of Jackson Center, passed away the morning of Thursday, December 26, 2013 at the Dayton VA Medical Center. He was born in Shelby County, Ohio on July 23, 1917 to the late Wiley O. and Mamie L. (Copeland) Oakley. On September 16, 1938 he married the former Daisy C. Hengstler and she preceded him in death on May 1, 1987. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Gladys Regula, Helen Zwiebel, and Meryle Regula; and three brothers, Herbert E. Oakley, Russell L. Oakley, and Roy Oakley.
He is survived by his daughter Glytanna (John) Sloan of Jackson Center; a son Marcus E. (Rena’) Oakley of St. Augustine, Florida; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a brother Emmett E. Oakley of Jackson Center; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill had worked as a carpenter for many years and retired from Airstream in Jackson Center. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran, who while serving in the Battle of the Bulge was a captured German P.O.W. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and enjoyed bowling, woodworking, and playing cards with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Pastor Kent Hollis will conduct a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Grace Lutheran Church, 607 S. Main Street, Jackson Center. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VA Hospice Fund, VA Medical Center, 4100 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45428-9907.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Jackson Center.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.