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John E. Oakley

August 11, 1928 — December 4, 2014

John Erwin Oakley, son of Erwin Daniel and Leora Mae (Hill) Oakley, was born August 11, 1928 in Auburn, Nebraska. He was one of five children, and attended the Auburn Public Schools.

John served in the U.S. Army from December 1948 to December 1949. In October 1950 he was recalled for the Korean War, and received his honorable discharge in December 1951.

On October 9, 1950 John was married to Mabel Colerick at Hiawatha, Kansas. They were blessed with one son, Steve. The family lived in Missouri and New Mexico for several years before moving back to Auburn.

John worked for the Nemaha County Co-op Creamery and other jobs in the area until going to work for Nider-Jergensen Construction Company. He was a superintendent for the company for 16 years. John then worked on the Nemaha County Department of Roads, retiring in 1991 after 8 years.

As a member of Auburn American Legion Post #23, John was very active in the Post. He helped with Legion Baseball for many years in addition to other activities. He also belonged to Peru VFW Post #7299. John enjoyed woodworking and gardening, and liked to share his garden produce with his neighbors. He loved attending the sporting events of his grandchildren.

On Thursday, December 4, 2014 John passed away at the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn at the age of 86 years, 3 months, and 23 days. His parents, sisters Maxine Oakley and Madlean Lee, and brothers Robert and Elmer preceded him in death.

John is survived by his wife Mabel of Auburn; son and daughter-in-law Steve and Joyce Oakley of Auburn; grandchildren Stacy and husband Matt Schieber of Omaha, Kyle Oakley and Karrington Miles of Lincoln; great-grandchildren William, Sophie, and Benjamin Schieber; sister-in-law Lela Bade of Lincoln; many, many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held Sunday, December 07, 2014 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Tom Osborne. Rick Janssen spoke with some personal thoughts about John. Ellis Clopton played a piano solo and accompanied a congregational hymn. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post #23 and the Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard. Burial of ashes will be at a later date at the Nemaha Cemetery.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

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