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Emmett E. Oakley

October 14, 1920 ~ February 8, 2018 (age 97)

Emmett E. “Jim” Oakley, age 97, of Jackson Center, Ohio passed away at 11:50 P.M. Thursday, February 8, 2018 at The Pavilion in Sidney, Ohio. He was born in Shelby County Ohio October 14, 1920, to the late Wiley O. and Mamie L. (Copeland) Oakley. 

On May 15, 1943. Jim married the former Evelyn I. Leininger in Jackson Center, and she preceded him in death August 14, 2013. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Gladys Regula, Meryle Regula, and Helen Zwiebel and four brothers, Roy, Russell, William “Bill”, and Herb Oakley. 

Jim is survived by his two children, Nancy (Mick) McName and Rex (Fanny) Oakley, both of Jackson Center; three grandsons; two great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

Jim was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Jackson Center where he was baptized and confirmed January 9, 1944. Following his retirement from farming and Airstream, he served as janitor at the Grace Lutheran Church. He and Evelyn enjoyed western square dancing and would dance every evening during their time in Florida.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Jackson Center.

Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch will officiate the funeral service at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Jackson Center with visitation from 9 to 10 A.M. prior to the service.

Burial will follow the funeral service at the Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson, Ohio. 

The funeral arrangements are in the care of the staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Jackson Center.

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