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Charles Foster "Chuck" Oakley was born June 25, 1920 in Mill Shoals, Ill.,
the son of Charles and Emma (White) Oakley. He grew up and attended school
in Mill Shoals before moving to Mt. Vernon, Ill.
A decorated war veteran, Chuck served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps
earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star among other awards.
He was a member of the 40th Troop Carrier, 317th Group, and flew C-47šs and
B-25šs serving during World War II in the South Pacific and also the Korean
Conflict. Chuck retired from the United States Air Force in 1965.
He moved to Houston in 1953 where he attended the University of Houston
School of Law, formerly called Bates College of Law, and received a Doctor
of Jurisprudence in 1957.
Chuck was united in marriage with Gladys M. Jurchak in 1967 in Houston. He
practiced law in Houston with the firm of Fred Parks, was a staff attorney
for Allstate Insurance Co., and later established a general law practice
with his wife, Gladys, in Bellville in 1969. He also served as a Special
Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, and was a contract
Administrative Representative for General Electric Co. at the Manned
Spacecraft Center in Houston.
Chuck was a member of Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity and Phi Theta Kappa
National Honor Society.  He was a charter member of the Associated
Republicans of Texas, and a Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force, and
enjoyed hunting and fishing.
A member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville, Chuck was baptized Oct.
2, 1966  and confirmed on Dec. 18, 1966 by Pastor Rudy A. Kelling at the
Sharon Lutheran Church in Pasadena, Texas.
He passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2004 in Bellville after a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his loving wife of  37 years, the Honorable Gladys
(Jurchak) Oakley of Bellville; a son, Charles F. Oakley, Jr. of Perth,
Australia and a daughter Mary Ann Oakley Christensen and husband, Dr. Robert
E. Christensen, of Midland. He is also survived by eight grandchildren,
Andrew and Timothy Oakley, both of Perth, Australia, Anthony Oakley of
Sidney, Australia, Kevin, Kent, Michael and Emily Christensen, all of
Midland; a great granddaughter, Emma Grace Oakley of Perth, Australia; and
numerous nieces, nephews, and many other dear friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Stuart Oakley, four
brothers and five sisters.
A Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at St. John
Lutheran Church in Bellville with Pastor H. Eldon Akerman and Father Bob
Gribble officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Bellville Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box
977, Bellville, Texas, 77418,  St. John Lutheran Church, 520 N. Holland,
Bellville, Texas, 77418 or to the charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in

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