Jacob D. Oukes, Sr. Greece: After several months of illness, Jake passed peacefully the evening of June 28, 2019 and is once again with his loving wife of almost 65 years, Betty (d. Feb 14, 2019). Born to Myrtle Starks and Dirk Oukes, Jake grew up in Swirlberg on Benton St. He enlisted in the Us Navy at age 17 serving from 1951 to 1955. Jake and Betty were married in July of 1954. Jake was a loyal and dedicated employee of Gleason Works for over 42 years. Jake is predeceased by his devoted wife, Betty A. Howser Oukes, his parents, sister, Irene, brother-in-law, Francis Winterkorn and niece, Johanna. Survived by his loving son and daughter, Jacob Oukes Jr., and Lori (Kenneth) Muhs, son, Arthur; cherished grandchildren, Tyler Muhs (Stephanie Pride), Joshua Muhs and Stephanie (Robert) Muhs McNamara; newly born great-granddaughter, Madison Ann Muhs; sisters, Joan Winterkorn and Joyce (Leonard) Syverson; many nieces and nephews; friends from his years at Gleason Works, especially his work son, Roy; Chloe, his dog and snack buddy. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Suzanne, Cindy, Tee and Sabrina at Unity TCC for their kindness and care of Dad during his stay and to the doctors, nurses and aides at Highland Hospital Hospice. Your support and caring has been invaluable. Jake’s visitation will be held Monday, July 8th 5-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Rd where his Funeral Service will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Funeral Home, Tuesday, July 9th 11:00 AM. Interment, Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Veteran Outreach Center in his memory. For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit www.meesonfamily.com

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  1. Dad, There are no words that can express just how much you will be missed & the sadness in our hearts. The only blessing, you are with Mom once again. The memories I have as a little girl & growing up will forever be cherished & tucked away in my heart. Thank you for being the Best Daddy I could ever ask for & for taking Kenny under your wing during remodeling projects. Please Rest In Peace & enjoy all of eternity with our Beautiful Momma! Until we meet again, I Love You Daddy!

  2. Mr Oukes—LOL–I know you won’t like that, you always said to call you Dad or at least Jake– you have been a wonderful influence in my life and I will miss you terribly. Thank you for all of the fun memories you have shared and your funny stories that you have told us of your life and adventures. Over the 40 plus years that I have known you, you have given very sound advice and I have learned so much from you and Betty too. Heaven has 2 more Angels who are watching over the amazing family that you created. Rest easy with the love of your life and know that all will be well for your loved ones here

  3. Jake, Lori and Family,

    Your Dad will always be there for and with you in your hearts and memories.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers for the loss of your cherished father. Please accept our deepest sympathies .

    Candy and Jonathan Falk

  4. Jake and Betty,
    May you rest in peace together forever with God. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts every day.
    Until we see you again…..cheers!
    Lots of love,
    Joyce and Mike

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