gordon w.oakes
Greece: Thursday, March 10, 2011 at age 92. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Ruth K. Oakes and his son-in-law, William Skivington. Survived by his daughter, Nancy Skivington; his son and daughter-in-law, Marshall K. and Christine Oakes; his grandchildren, Michelle (Jeremy) Neitzel, Marshall G. (Angela) Oakes, Michael R. and Lesa Oakes, Erin Skivington (Michael Heuer) and David (Christine) Skivington; great-grandchildren, Matthew Yackel, Alexis Neitzel, Dylan and Haley Oakes; several nieces and nephews. He was retired from the Taylor Instrument Co. after 40 years of service, he was a member of the Chorus of the Genesee for more than 40 years, a member of the Wakan-Hubbard Lodge #154 F&AM and a member of the Wakan-Hubbard Lodge #154 F&AM and a member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church. He was an avid golfer. A special thanks to Dr. Michael Herbowy, Lifetime Care Hospice the staff at Unity Hospital, and the staff at St. John's Home for Gordon's care. Friends may call Sunday 1-4 at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. His Funeral Service will be held Monday at 11 o'clock in the funeral home chapel. Entombment, Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make contributions to the Greece Public Library Barnard Crossing Branch 2780 Dewey Ave., Rochester, NY 14616 in his memory.

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  1. Dear Marshall and Nancy:

    I’m saddened to hear about your dad’s passing. I remember him and your mom from days back then – at Bethany and growing up in the neighborhood. May your great memories of good times and laughter help you in the days ahead.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Nancy Forman Eaton

  2. Gordy – We will miss you. Especially at the next reunion. But there are more of our group attending the great reunion you have gone on to, than are still here.

    Your family should seek solace in knowing the high regard we have had for you, and that the Home KIds are forever in debt to your years of arranging the REUNIONS at the Camp every other year.

    On-the Square, Fraternally

    Joe (Tony) and Kate

  3. I was fortunate enough to sing with Gordie for many years in the Chorus of the Genesee. He always was so cheerful and often spoke of his family who he was extremely proud of. My deepest condolences to the family I know he has now joined that big chorus with a lot of great and dear friends.

  4. It took me seconds to love grandpa. I met him at my first ever ‘Oakes Fest’ after Dave and I had started dating, and have a vivid memory of grandma playing the piano and grandpa sining right along side of her. He was sweet, loving and a true character to talk with even up to the last time we saw him. Both him and grandma made me feel as if i were family instantly. There love was so true and infectious and i know that gradpa is reunited with her now, playing and singing beautiful music together again.. No one can replace them but I will strive daily to be like them in ever way. May you forever be remembered in our hearts grandpa. Oakes Fest will never be the same. I love you xoxox…

  5. Nancy — I just sat down to read the Saturday Newspaper Death Notices, and saw that your father has passed away. — I am very, very sorry about that. — You have had much, much too much sadness in your family in such a short time. — Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your father, and ALL of those family losses. — God Bless you, Marshall, & all of your family. — And I will pray for your father.

    With Sympathy,
    Mary Ellen

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