Frederick George Oakley, Sr., 88, resident of Roscoe, NY, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at UHS Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City, NY.
Formerly of Pawling, he was born in Pawling on March 19, 1931, and was the son of the late Frederick T. and Myrtle (Gill) Oakley, Jr. Fred graduated from Pawling High School and then served his country as a Corporal in the US Marines during the Korean War from 1951-1954.
He worked many years as a ward supervisor at the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale and later ran his own carpet cleaning business. After retiring, he spent many years traveling the western states including Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Utah with his long-time traveling companion Elaine Smith.
Fred was a long-time member of the Pawling United Methodist Church, the Hasler-Kamp Post American Legion #215, the Pawling Fish & Game Association, and a life member of the National & State Trappers Association.
He is survived by his son Frederick G. Oakley, Jr of Corning, CA; his two daughters, Adele VanSise and husband David of Seminole, FL and Lida Oakley and husband David Myhaver of Littlefield, AZ; four grandchildren, Joseph Oakley and Michele, Aaron, and David VanSise, Jr and his wife Kristina; two great-grandchildren, Gavin and Annika; many nieces and nephews; and Elaine Smith.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Elwood T. Oakley, his two sisters Myrtle Bertram and Marian Cunningham, and his grandson Philip Oakley.
Family and friends may pay their respects at the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling Monday 12-2 PM with a service at 2 PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Hasler-Kamp Post American Legion Plot, between Pawling and St. John’s Cemeteries.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pawling United Methodist Church.