Robert Oakes

Robert Oakes

TOLONO — Robert D. Oakes, 89, of Tolono passed away at 9:54 a.m. (Monday, Sept. 10, 2018) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Tolono, with the Rev. Fredi Gomeztorres officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Freese Funeral Home, Tolono, with prayer service to follow at 7 p.m.

Mr. Oakes was born Feb. 19, 1929, in Tolono, a son to Martin J. and Cecelia Mary Bishop Oakes. He married Betty Ann Thrash on July 28, 1948, in Colfax Township. She preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 2001.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Oakes of Wilmington, N.C, and David Oakes of Saudi Arabia; two daughters, Sharon Ellis of Tolono and Vicki Foley of Tolono; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Martin Jr. (Sharon) Oakes of Tolono and Joanne (Ray) Millsap of Tolono.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, a sister, a grandson and a daughter.

He graduated from Tolono High School. He played semi-pro football for three years. He was a member of the Tolono Fire Department for 23 years, serving as fire chief for two of those years. He served on the Tolono Village Board for four years. He also helped build and was president of the Sadorus Sportmans Club. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Tolono.  He retired as a rural postal carrier.

Memorials may be made to Developmental Services Center, Champaign.

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