Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Death Notices

February 1, 2013

Max Oakley

TOLEDO — Max Leonard Oakley, age 68, of Toledo, passed away at 2:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Mattoon Health Care Center, Mattoon, with his wife at his side. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Sunday at Christ the King Catholic Church, Greenup, with Fr. Michael Haag celebrating Mass. Burial will be in Friends Grove Cemetery in rural Greenup, with full military rites by Cumberland County Veterans Association. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.blakefh.com.

Max was born in rural Toledo, on Oct. 19, 1944, the son of Leonard Owen and Mamie (Martin) Oakley. When he was an infant his family moved to Toledo where he lived most of his life. On Oct. 20, 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Lee Freeman, the daughter of Everett and Helen Freeman at Toledo Christian Church. They were married by Pastor Jim Wolford and they shared 50 years together. 

Max joined the United States Army in 1963 and did a one year tour of South Korea and returned to the United States and was sent to Vietnam. After being discharged from the service, he worked at Youngs Radiator and was an over-the-road truck driver.   Max enjoyed watching football, boxing, hunting, fishing and trapping. He enjoyed teaching and passing on his passion of his hobbies to his son. He liked to refinish old furniture and was good at it. 

Max was always willing to help out his fellow veterans in any aspect from getting benefits or taking someone to the doctor. Whatever need to be done he would volunteer to do it. He never took or received any money for anything he did. Often he would use his own money when there was a need. He was an early organizer of the Cumberland County Veterans Association; life member of Disable American Veterans, Greenup American Legion Post 566; the 40&8 and the First Infantry Division. He was also a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Greenup. 

Max is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Oakley of Toledo; son, Tracy Lee (Linda) Oakley of Ruston, La.; daughter, Tina ReneaÕ (Wayne) Apke of Whitewright, Texas; grandchildren, Jacob (Heather) Oakley of Monroe, La., Melissa Oakley of Shreveport, La., Lucas Oakley of Pensacola, Fla., T.L. Oakley of Ruston, La., Caroline Oakley of Baton Rouge, Miss., Isabell, Riley and McKenzzee Oakley, all of Ruston, La., Audra and Madison Apke of Whitewright, Texas; brother, Marvin (Joyce) Oakley of Casey; sister, LaVon (Bob) Figgins of Janesville; several nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends, Randy and Angel Lock, Ruth Thomas and Leon and Cindy Hanley also survive.  And a very special little buddy, Oggie doggie.

Max was preceded in death by his parents; grandchild; three sisters, Vivian Oakley, Violet Oakley and Maxine Scranton; and a brother, O.B. Oakley who passed away the same day as Max.

1
Text Only
Death Notices
  • Kenneth Beaumont Kenneth Beaumont Kenneth Dale “Smoke” Beaumont, 64, went home to Jesus on Thursday, July 24, 2014, following an eight year and eight month fight with cancer of the esophagus, colon, and pleural cavity. He was a survivor and can now rest as he has been eternally cure

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eileen O'Donnell Eileen O'Donnell Effingham Eileen B. O’Donnell, 99, of Effingham, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, July 28, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Effingham. Burial will be in Leith Cemetery, Mason. Memorials may b

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Leonard Mette Leonard Mette Leonard Charles Mette, 90, of Wheeler, passed away at 10:28 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Effingham. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Bi

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janie Martinez Janie Lou Martinez, 46, of Montrose, died at 10:05 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at the Meyer Funeral Home, Dieterich.

    July 27, 2014

  • Jean Webb Jean Webb, 80, of Effingham, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham.

    July 27, 2014

  • Sherry Spitzner Sherry Kay Spitzner, 54, of Flora, died at 4:29 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at the Clay County Hospital, Flora. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Cowden. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Jul

    July 27, 2014

  • Damian Apke Damian J. “Joe” Apke, 73, of Effingham, died at 8:11 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.A memorial service will be at a later date. Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, is assisting the family with arrangements. Onl

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25 Jeremy Vahling obit photo Jeremy Vahling Jeremy Alan Vahling, 33, of Bone Gap, died at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at his home.Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 25, at Bone Gap Cemetery with Kirk Rowe officiating. Memorials may be made to the family and can be left at

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 Helena Smith obit photo Helena Smith Helena M. Smith, 93, of Newton, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.Funeral services will be at noon Monday at Scott Avenue Christian Church, Newton, with the Rev. Gary Hall officiating. Burial will

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gary Carroll Gary Lynn Carroll, 60, of Brownstown, died at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his son’s home.There will be no services. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangem

    July 25, 2014

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.