Max L. Oakley (68) of Toledo


Published on January 31 2013 8:21 am

Max L. Oakley, 68 of Toledo, IL passed away at 2:45AM Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the Mattoon Health Care Center in Mattoon, IL.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 PM – Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Greenup, IL with Fr. Michael Haag celebrating mass. Burial will be in the Friends Grove Cemetery in rural Greenup, IL with full military rites by the Cumberland County Veterans Association. Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM – Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup, IL.

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Max was in rural Toledo, IL on October 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 October 20, 1962 he married his high school sweetheart Sharon Lee Freeman the daughter of Everett and Helen Freeman at the Toledo Christian Church. They were married by Pastor Jim Wolford and they shared 50 years. Max joined the United States Army in 1963 and did a 1 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 Young's 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 re-finish 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 Disabled 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, IL.

Max is survived by his wife of 50 years – Sharon Oakley of Toledo, IL. Son Tracy Lee (Linda) Oakley of Ruston, LA. Daughter Tina Renea’ (Wayne) Apke of Whitewright, TX. Grandchildren Jacob (Heather) Oakley of Monroe, LA; Melissa Oakley of Shreveport, LA; Lucas Oakley of Pensacola, Florida; T.L. Oakley of Ruston, LA; Caroline Oakley of Baton Rouge, MS; Isabell, Riley and McKenzzee Oakley all of Ruston, LA; Audra and Madison Apke of Whitewright, TX. Brother Marvin (Joyce) Oakley of Casey, IL. Sister LaVon (Bob) Figgins of Janesville, IL. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends Randy and Angel Lock, Ruth Thomas and Leon and Cindy Hanley also survive.

A very special Max was preceded in death by his parents, grandchild, 3 sisters Vivian Oakley, Violet Oakley and Maxine Scranton and a brother O.B. Oakley who passed away the same day as Max.