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Emmett, E. “Jim” Oakley

Emmett, E. “Jim” Oakley, 97, of Jackson Center, passed away at 11:50 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at The Pavilion in Sidney, Ohio.

He was born in Shelby County, Ohio on 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 on 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; 2 great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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

The family will receive friends from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 214 W. Pike Street, Jackson Center. Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch will officiate a funeral service at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 15th at Grace Lutheran Church, 607 S. Main Street, Jackson Center, with a visitation from 9-10 am prior to the service. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson, Ohio.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Jackson Center and online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.edsfh.com.

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