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
in Mill Shoals before moving to Mt. Vernon, Ill.
A decorated war veteran, Chuck served his country in the U.S. Army
earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star among other
He was a member of the 40th Troop Carrier, 317th Group, and flew
B-25šs serving during World War II in the South Pacific and also
Conflict. Chuck retired from the United States Air Force in 1965.
He moved to Houston in 1953 where he attended the University of
School of Law, formerly called Bates College of Law, and received a
of Jurisprudence in 1957.
Chuck was united in marriage with Gladys M. Jurchak in 1967 in
practiced law in Houston with the firm of Fred Parks, was a staff
for Allstate Insurance Co., and later established a general law
with his wife, Gladys, in Bellville in 1969. He also served as a
Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, and was a
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
National Honor Society. He was a charter member of the
Republicans of Texas, and a Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force,
enjoyed hunting and fishing.
A member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville, Chuck was
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
He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, the Honorable
(Jurchak) Oakley of Bellville; a son, Charles F. Oakley, Jr. of
Australia and a daughter Mary Ann Oakley Christensen and husband,
E. Christensen, of Midland. He is also survived by eight
Andrew and Timothy Oakley, both of Perth, Australia, Anthony Oakley
Sidney, Australia, Kevin, Kent, Michael and Emily Christensen, all
Midland; a great granddaughter, Emma Grace Oakley of Perth,
numerous nieces, nephews, and many other dear friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Stuart Oakley,
brothers and five sisters.
A Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at St.
Lutheran Church in Bellville with Pastor H. Eldon Akerman and Father
Memorial gifts may be made to the Bellville Hospital Foundation,
977, Bellville, Texas, 77418, St. John Lutheran Church, 520 N.
Bellville, Texas, 77418 or to the charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral
Posted by Joy Neely