Francis L. Oakley, 80, of Lakeview, passed away Monday morning, Aug. 6, 2018, at his home.
Francis was born Jan. 22, 1938, in Santa Fe, a son of the late Eldon and Viola Steinke Oakley. On Aug. 11, 1970, he married Charlene Sue Puckett in Jackson Center and she preceded him in death Oct. 21, 2015. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Michael F. Oakley and Mickey A. Oakley; and a sister, Joan Schmiesing.
He is survived by seven children, Michael C. (Cassie) Oakley of Carlton, Ga., Richard (Linda) Oakley and Thomas C. (Mary Kay) Oakley, both of Huntsville, Kenny (Susie) Oakley of Belle Center, Kelly (Brian) Hutchison of Flushing, Mitchell L. (Karen) Oakley of Santa Fe and Sheree (Ron) Kremer of Versailles; 17 grandchildren, Jeremy (Melissa), Roshele (Brian), Mickey, Matthew, Emily, Mitchell (Stephanie), Maxwell, Jessie, Gary Lee (Jennifer), Nicholas (Cortney), Kristen, Amanda (Coleman), Wade, Blake, Sydney, Mindy and Jessica; 17 great-grandchildren, Chloe, Miah, Ryder, Lawson, Harper, Hunter, Anthony, Michelle, Christopher, Caleb, Layla, Drake, Ryder, Jaden, Paul, Jacob and Andrew; two sisters, Connie Schaub and Phyllis Schaub, both of Botkins; a daughter-in-law, Deb Oakley; and several nieces and nephews.
Francis worked at Airsteam in Jackson Center for 46 years. He was a member of the Indian Lake Moose Lodge 1533, Indian Lake Eagles Aerie 3615 and Doyle R. Miller AMVETS Post 39, all of Lakeview, and Indian Lake Fish and Game. Francis enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, trap shooting and poker. He was a devoted fan of the Michigan Wolverines and Oakland Raiders. He loved NASCAR, baseball and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buckeyes to lose.
The Rev. Bryan Meadows begins a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Shoffstall Funeral Home, 205 S. Main St., Lakeview, with visitation one hour prior to services. Private inurnment is in Huntsville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be given to the Logan County Cancer Society c/o Mary Rutan Hospital, 205 Palmer Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Condolences may be expressed at shoffstallfuneralhome.com.