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Russell Oakes


Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:44 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:15 a.m. CDT

Russell Oakes, 93, of Afton, died May 10, 2014, at Afton Care Center.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, May 13, at Powers Funeral Home, 612 N. Dodge St., Afton. The Rev. Jim Morris will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery near Afton. Open visitation with family present will be 1 to 2 p.m. service time today at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the family or Afton First Responders. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

Russell Vernon Oakes, son of Ruth D. (Donner) and Leon Elmer Oakes, was born Jan. 9, 1921, in Union County.

Russell attended Tingley High School.

On May 17, 1941, Russell married Juanita Mildred Smith in Grant City, Mo. They settled in Union County on a farm where they became lifelong Union County residents.

From 1960-1963, Russell owned and operated the DX Gas Station in Afton. Russell also drove the Skelly tank wagon, delivering gas and fuel oil to the area farmers and the Creston and Greenfield gas stations. Russell returned to a farm north of Shannon City where they built a new home and lived and worked for nearly 35 years. Russell retired in 1996, and they moved to Afton.

Russell is survived by his wife Juanita Oakes of Afton; daughters, Charlene (husband Mark) Hoffman of Shannon City and Jeanette Oakes of Afton; granddaughter Teresa (husband Jeff) Dykstra and two great-grandchildren.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents, son Wayne Oakes in 2007; and brothers, Cecil and Gerald Oakes.

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