Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 1, 2013

Max Oakley


Effingham Daily News

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.